HOUSTON — Buddy Dial, a star receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers who also played for the Dallas Cowboys, has died. He was 71.

Dial died Friday in a Houston hospital. He had been hospitalized recently for treatment of cancer and pneumonia.

Dial played in the NFL for eight years — with the Steelers from 1959-63 and the Cowboys from 1964-66. He still holds the second-highest per catch average in NFL history at 20.8 yards. In 1963, he caught 60 passes for 1,295 yards and nine touchdowns.