Antonio Brown wasn’t exactly a household name when the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted the speedy wide receiver out of Central Michigan in the sixth round of last year’s NFL draft.
Over the past two weeks, Brown has done a lot to change that.
While not as impressive as his helmet-aided, 58-yard catch in the Steelers’ win over Baltimore in the AFC divisional playoffs, his only catch during Sunday’s AFC championship helped Pittsburgh to its eighth Super Bowl trip. A 14-yard grab out of the two-minute warning on a third-and-6 snap secured the Steelers’ 24-19 win over the New York Jets at Heinz Field.
While Brown wasn’t the first choice on the play as it was designed – Hines Ward was
– the rookie’s ability to get open helped another Steelers playmaker make another big pass.
“We expected (the Jets) to bring the house,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “They dropped everybody, so as soon as I saw them leave, it was a really, really tight window in order to get it to Hines. My thought was: ‘Let’s try and run it.’ I started running to the sideline and next thing you know, ‘AB’ comes flying across the field. He beat them with speed.
“I just threw it and he made a heck of a catch.”
For Brown, his reaction following the game sounded like that of a seasoned veteran.
“They had no more timeouts,” Brown said. “It’s just a great feeling. To seal our victory with the final catch and know that we had an opportunity to waste the clock and get that victory.”
Brown’s path to the NFL saw him post prolific numbers not only as a receiver with the Chippewas, but also as a special teams star, twice winning the Mid-American Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year award.
His 24-yard return on a kickoff following a Jets score that cut the Steelers’ once-huge lead to 24-19 also played a vital role late in the game, giving Pittsburgh possession at its 41.
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Not so long ago, Bob McElligott, like most Western Pennsylvania hockey fans, would savor a long Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run.
The Somerset native followed the Pens’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.
Reds swing way past Pirates
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night.
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Pirates edge out Reds in suspended game
After all those home runs and an overnight delay, it was settled by a single.
Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning on Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs.
WestPAC relays go to Windber boys, Berlin girls
Rain showers and dropping temperatures put a damper on Monday’s WestPAC Relays at Berlin Brothersvalley High School.
For the Berlin girls and the boys from Windber, however, discomfort was not much of a factor.
The Mountaineers won their third straight relay title while the Ramblers reclaimed the title from defending champ Shade.
Pressure on Penguins to capture Cup
The statistics are gaudy.
And if the Pittsburgh Penguins can’t find a way to extend their season into the final days of spring, ultimately forgettable.
The same team that led the NHL in man games lost due to injury (more than 500) also earned 109 points, led the Metropolitan Division from mid-October on and received another peerless effort from star Sidney Crosby, who topped the league with 104 points and is a near lock for the second MVP award of his career.
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