We're one more weekend closer to the Pittsburgh Steelers entering training camp and for this week's Fan Friday, we thought it'd be fun to look back at some of the most memorable Super Bowl moments for the black and gold. In our Steel City Underground backroom, we all had favorite moments we witnessed, either in person (at a stadium) or while glued to the television.
While we all had personal favorites, several plays were moments that none of us could ever forget because of how they made us all feel. We didn't all pick a play that was a game-winner, or even a fan favorite, necessarily, but the ones that got us excited about seeing the Steelers in the "big game".
So, sit back and enjoy the feeling you get, Steelers Nation, from experiencing these historic moments in NFL and Steelers Super Bowl history.
Parker's 75-yard touchdown run
This play was one that nearly everyone at SCU can remember from Super Bowl XL. Ben Roethlisberger handed the ball off to Willie Parker who turned on the jets and showed the world why he was nicknamed "Fast Willie". Parker shrugged off Seattle Seahawks defenders on his way to a long touchdown run and finished the play with a nice flip over the goal line.
I love (this play)... not because of Parker. Without a tremendous block adjustment by Alan Faneca on the pull, (Parker) would've never sprung that run like he did. Faneca is one of the all-time greats and that play showed his grit, strength, and smarts to make the biggest block of the night to help lead the Steelers to victory. - Zach Metkler
Swann's catching clinic in Super Bowl X
There are only a few of us old-schoolers at SCU, and Brian loves him some Lynn Swann. Against the Dallas Cowboys, Swann put on a clinic in how an NFL receiver should play, making at least two catches that were mind-blowing. Swann would earn Super Bowl MVP for his circus-like performance.
Swann circus catch is still my favorite... the crazy one where he's falling down and catches it (even though everybody thinks that was a more amazing catch when you are however old I was when that Super Bowl happened) you never would have noticed it because the coverage wasn't that great and all I remember is watching that falling-down catch and running around my living room screaming at the top of my lungs holy ******* what a ****** catch. Greatest catch ever made, ******* what a catch! - Brian Roach
Harrison's 100-yard pick six
Almost everyone agreed that the moment former Steelers linebacker James Harrison intercepted Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XLIII was a play that would forever be in their minds as one of the best Super Bowl moments for Pittsburgh. Harrison bulldozed his way down the field, keeping an eye on any blocking help he received from his teammates until he leaped over the goal line and took a little breather at the end. The Steelers would earn the win and Harrison's play would become the best kind of history.
(My favorite plays are a tie)... Holmes TD catch against Arizona, without a doubt is the most clutch play that I have been alive to see by the Steelers. Then, have to mention the Harrison TD as well, just seeing the big man run the distance of the field for the touchdown will always be in my memory. - Ryan Lippert
Holmes' tip-toe clutch TD
Speaking of that Santonio Holmes play in Super Bowl XLIII helped the Steelers earn "one for the thumb". The play that no one can forget, however, was his clutch tip-toe grab in the back corner of the end zone to win the game.
Beautiful throw by Ben (Roethlisberger) And perfect catch. Most clutch play. - Derek Overly
There were a lot of Steelers fans that weren't big on Holmes. He wasn't always as spectacular when he played as he was during the Super Bowl. This play, however, is hard not to smile about.
As for Noah Freeman's pick for memorable plays? "[It's] going to be hard not to repeat from what other people said, but the Willie Parker run and the Santonio Holmes catch... Also, have to mention the defense after the Holmes catch, so a series of plays, but we all forget there was still time on the clock after the TD and I was hella nervous."
Randle El to Ward magic
In Super Bowl XL, the Steelers really wanted to make a statement when playing the Seattle Seahawks. And all of us at SCU have that particular game seared into our memories because it was fairly recent (history-wise). In fact, there are a lot of plays from that game that could have made this article. The throw from QB-turned-receiver Antwaan Randle El to Hines Ward, however, was perfection.
I'm going to go against the grain here and pick the Antwaan Randle-El touchdown pass to Hines Ward. When I think of greats like Jerome Bettis and Hines, it's because of Super Bowl XL and this is the play that put that game over the top. Ken Whisenhunt had been known for gadget plays and I could almost smell this one brewing. - Joe Kuzma
Joe had another thought as well. "I'd give an honorable mention to (Bill) Cowher calling the onside kick in Super Bowl XXX against the Cowboys. They got right back in the game, but this isn't replayed as much in Steelers lore due to the end result."
As for me, there were way too many plays for me to add here. I love the gadget play between Randle El and Ward. I, too, have a play that is sort of an honorable mention. It was also in Super Bowl XL and it involved "Big Ben" calling his own number and diving across the goal line for a touchdown. The play garnered a review at the request of Mike Holmgren, who was coaching Seattle that year. When everything was looked over, the ball did cross the plane of the goal line and the score was good. Like Joe's memory of Cowher's call of the onside kick, the Roethlisberger play - to me - was evidence of how much the young quarterback would invest in putting himself at risk to make a key play when needed. And how many times since have we seen him give everything he's got (from getting a busted nose to a cut chin, to being flattened like a pancake after bulldozing his way into the end zone on a freakish-looking run) since then?
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