In his career with the Steelers, Willie Gay has gone from the guy that most wanted to be ran out of town, to an NFL record holder. With his pick six against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday, Willie Gay tied Hall of Famer Rod Woodson for the franchise record, with five interceptions returned for touchdowns. He also set an obscure NFL record with that pick 6, as it was his 5th staight interception that he has returned to the endzone. His career path is alot similar to former Steelers cornerback Deshae Townsend, whose own career had gotten of to a rocky start, but ended up being a steady presence. On his latest pick six, Gay did a great job, of baiting AJ McCarron into throwing that dump pass, allowing him to jump the route with nothing but endzone in front of him. For his career, Gay has 10 interceptions with half of them being returned for touchdowns. A 50% rate of interceptions being returned for touchdowns has to be some sort of record in itself.
Other Notable Steelers Accomplishments:
By the end of Sunday’s game with the Broncos, Ben Roethlisberger will become just the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000+ yards for a tenth straight season. Ben’s streak began in 2006 when he threw for 3,513 yards. This year, Ben has only played in 9 of the teams 13 games, but he still leads the NFL, averaging 332.1 yards passing per game. If he can maintain that average for the rest of the season, Roethlisberger will finish the season with over 3,800 yards in only 12 games played. Ben is currently 13th on the all-time list with 42,046 yards passing, with an outside chance of supplanting Fouts for 12th place by the end of this season.
From 2001 through 2003, Hines Ward AVERAGED 100 receptions per season, catching a franchise high, at the time, 112 balls in 2002. In each of the last three seasons, Antonio Brown HAS caught over 100 passes, including a new franchise record of 129 receptions set last season. With his third straight season of 100 receptions or more, Brown has become just the sixth receiver in NFL history to reach that achievment. In just six seasons, Brown has 6,656 yards receiving, on 490 receptions and is over half way to Ward’s franchise leading 12,008 yards. At his current pace of 107.5 yards receiving per game, Brown will finish with over 1,700 yards and break his own single season record, which is also franchise record as well. If Ben Roethlisberger hadn’t missed those four games due to injury, there is a high probability that Antonio Brown would have set a new NFL single season record for receiving yards, finishing with well over 2,000.
When the Steelers beat the Bengals on Sunday, head coach Mike Tomlin recorded his 90th career win. That gives the Steelers an NFL record, three coaches who have recorded 90+ wins for one franchise. Not only is it three coaches, but it has been three coaches in a row, Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, and Mike Tomlin. The Steelers are also the first AFC team in history, and the second in NFL history to have had three straight coaches win a Super Bowl Championship. Next season, Mike Tomlin will become the third straight Steelers coach to reach the 100 win milestone.