Steelers Throwback Thursdays: Heath Miller Records 500th Career Reception

Before the NFL officially gears up for the 2022-23 season, Steel City Underground will be taking fans back in time to feature events, special moments, and historical times in the world of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steelers Nation. Join us as we revisit these moments in our “Throwback Thursdays”.

Just over six years ago, Heath Miller retired from the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heath was lauded by Steelers fans, not only for every catch promoting a cheer but how many passes he caught over his career with the Steelers. Along the way came Miller’s 500th career reception, marking him the 3rd player (at that time) to have 500+ career receptions with the Steelers alongside Hines Ward and John Stallworth.

On October 26, 2014, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a convincing win over the Indianapolis Colts at home on a late Sunday afternoon. Winning 51-34, Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards and completed six touchdown passes. On the final touchdown, Miller caught his 500th career reception.

It was 4th and short and the Steelers were going for it on 4th down. The ball was on the 11-yard line and in the red zone. The ball was snapped, Ben rolled out to his right and found a wide-open Miller in the end zone. This marked Heath’s 500th catch as well as Roethlisberger’s 6th touchdown on the day.

Not only was this a historic moment for Miller, but this was the same game where Big Ben became the first quarterback to throw for over 500 yards twice in their career. He set the franchise record with 522 passing yards on his 100th victory and 150th start.

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Heath Miller went on to retire with the 2nd-most career receptions with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since then, he now has the 3rd most receptions after Hines Ward (1,000) and Antonio Brown (837).


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