Roethlisberger is making history
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
By Teresa Varley
Ben Roethlisberger became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win the first seven games that he started.
“He has gotten more and more confident with each game and players have gotten confident with him,” said head coach Bill Cowher. “He is making very good decisions. He is a very mature kid on the field and on game day he has a great feel for the game."
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Safety Russell Stuvaints scored his first NFL touchdown on a 24-yard fumble recovery against the Browns.
For Stuvaints it was special doing it in Cleveland as he played college ball at nearby Youngstown State.
"It's always nice when the ball's in your hands," Stuvaints said. "It was the perfect scoop and score."
Stuvaints is living out a dream right now by playing for the Steelers, the team he watched and cheered for as a kid growing up in McKeesport, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh.
"I'm a die-hard Steeler fan," Stuvaints said. "This is unbelievable, man. It's a dream come true. I don't even think my mom could have dreamed anything more than this. This is just as much her dream as mine. It's just awesome to be playing for my hometown team."
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Running back Jerome Bettis is just five yards away from passing Tony Dorsett and moving into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
"That's a big honor considering I was a Dallas Cowboys fan growing up," said Bettis. "I know the Steelers fans don't want to hear that. Just to go past a guy like Tony Dorsett, and how amazing he was, is just an honor, because I'm not that flashy. He was a flashy guy, 99-yard-touchdown guy. Just to go out and work hard and be able to be mentioned in the same breath as all these guys is an honor for me."
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And while talking about favorite NFL teams growing up, linebacker James Harrison, admitted his favorite team was the Browns after the game.
Harrison, who started on Sunday for Joey Porter, did switch alliances once the Browns left Cleveland and it was then that the black and gold got into his blood.
"When the Browns left for Baltimore, I made the Steelers my team,” said Harrison. “When they came back, they were still wearing those ugly uniforms, so I stayed with the Steelers."
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The Steelers and the United Way of Allegheny County will team with the 911th Airlift Wing to host a youth football skills camp for children of deployed servicemen and women today. The Junior Training Camp will be held at the 911th Airlift Wing as a part of the NFL's Hometown Huddle. Steelers played and military volunteers will work with about 100 kids on different football skills. Among the Steelers expected to attend are wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen , tight end Matt Kranchick , linebacker Clark Haggans and running back Dante Brown .
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