NFL: The Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Success Comes From Being a Renegade

January 29, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Down 24-7 it looked to be all over. 
2002 had been a good year for the Pittsburgh Steelers with the discovery of Tommy Maddox at quarterback, opening the playoffs at home and the trademark blitzburgh defense. Cleveland was going to come into Heinz Field and just like so many times before, lose to the Black and Gold.
But turnovers, special teams and a sloppy effort on the Steelers part had led to all of these hopes dissolving right in front of the 65,000 faithful.
The team, especially the defense, needed a spark as the snow began to fall. Mike Marchinsky, a marketing intern, would make a decision that has forever affected the Steelers defense.
The stadium grew quiet as the speakers sounded the eerie and ominous words, "Oh momma I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law. Lawman has put an end to my running and I'm so far from my home. Oh momma I can hear you a'crying and you're so scared and all alone. Hangman is comin' down from the gallows and I don'...

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