January 17, 1937 – February 29, 2008
Gilbert Leroy “Buddy” Dial passed away on Friday, February 29th, at the age of 71. Dial was a star wide receiver who played 8 years in the NFL, first for the Pittsburgh Steelers and then for the Dallas Cowboys.
Dial played with the Steelers from 1959-1963 and was then traded to the Cowboys per his request in 1964 and remained with the Cowboys until his retirement in 1966. During his career Dial made 261 receptions for a total of 5,436 yards and 44 touchdowns. His best year was in 1963, with the Steelers, when he caught 60 passes for 1,295 yards and 9 touchdowns. His per catch average remains the second-highest in NFL history at 20.8 yards per catch. Dial made the Pro Bowl in 1961 and 1963, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the National High School Hall of Fame.
The bulk of Dial’s productivity came during his years with Pittsburgh. In his final three years with Dallas, Dial was not as productive due to nagging injuries that eventually left him largely disabled after his football career was over.
Dial passed away Friday, February 29th in a Houston Hospital after being recently admitted for treatment of cancer and pneumonia.