Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke the record for the most pass completions in a single game in NFL history in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Roethlisberger completed his record-breaking 46th pass of the night on a seven-yard touchdown to wide receiver Chase Claypool. He finished with 47 after a successful two-point conversion to running back James Conner.
The single game completions record was previously held by former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who completed 45 passes in a 1994 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Roethlisberger’s personal career-high for completions entering Sunday was 44, set in a Dec. 2017 win over the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. It was also the third-highest completion total in league history.
Roethlisberger also broke the record for most pass attempts in an NFL playoff game with 68, setting the record on an incompletion intended for wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster over the middle of the field.
The record was previously held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young, who attempted 65 passes in a Divisional round defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers in 1996.
Roethlisberger’s previous personal career-high for attempts in a playoff game was his 58 passes thrown in the Steelers’ Divisional round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.
He also passed for 501 yards in the game, which is the second-most in a playoff game in NFL history. Only Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has passed for more, throwing for 505 yards with the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Odds: Will the Steelers Draft a Quarterback in the First Round?
Will the Pittsburgh Steelers select a quarterback in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft?
Oddsmakers don’t think so.
The Steelers are 5/2 (+250) to draft a quarterback in the first round this April and 1/4 (-400) to go in a different direction, courtesy of BetOnline.
Pittsburgh owns the No. 24 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, and could go in a number of directions to address their mounting needs, including quarterback, running back and offensive line.
While the Steelers will miss out on top flight quarterback prospects like Clemson’ Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields, who are expected to be drafted in the top three, they still could have some enticing quarterback options at No. 24.
A pair of Heisman Trophy finalists in Alabama’s Mac Jones and Florida’s Kyle Trask could both be available for the Steelers to select late first round.
Jones is coming off a national championship and 41 touchdown pass season for the Crimson Tide, while Trask led the country with 43 touchdown passes for the Gators.
The speculation Pittsburgh will select a quarterback comes as current signal caller Ben Roethlisberger weighs retirement following his 17th season leading the team.
Roethlisberger will turn 39 on March 2, and has one year remaining on his current contract.
Steelers CB Joe Haden Updates Recovery from COVID-19
For some rare uplifting news concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers, veteran corner Joe Haden provided an update on Twitter about his positive case of COVID-19.
I’m completely fine also! I was Asymptotic only lost my sense of smell. Thank the Lord!
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) January 15, 2021
Haden makes it clear he’s feeling fine and not dealing with any symptoms. It appears he’s out of the woods and has successfully battled the virus. He did say he lost his sense of smell, which is a very common issue for many even weeks and months after battling the virus.
The 31-year-old was forced to sit out both the Steelers Week 17 game and Wild Card Round contest against his former team – the Cleveland Browns. Of course, the Steelers lost both games without Haden. While the Week 17 game was a game Haden, much like how other veterans were treated that week with Pittsburgh unable to obtain a bye in the playoffs, may have been inactive for anyway, he was certainly missed in the playoff game. Cleveland eliminated their rival by a score of 48-37, dominating the Steelers throughout most of the day.
Haden initially unveiled his displeasure and anger with the news he would have to miss the playoff game due to testing positive for COVID-19.
I’m so pissed and sad at the same time….. stay safe out here
— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) January 2, 2021
Avery Williamson, Steelers Donate $10,000 to the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Steelers and inside linebacker Avery Williamson have announced a $10,000 donation to the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Williamson and the Steelers’ contribution is the latest installment in the franchise’s Social Justice Grant program, assisting organizations that are making a difference in the Pittsburgh community.
The @steelers have announced a donation to @ulpgh from @AWilliamson54 with a matching contribution by the team as part of the #Steelers’ Social Justice Grant program to help support community efforts.— Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) January 14, 2021
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Williamson attributed a $5,000 donation to the cause, which was matched by the Steelers.
According to their website, The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh aims to “enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.”
The Urban League does so through “extra-curricular educational opportunities, health advocacy, housing counseling, parental education” and more.
The organization has also been crucial amidst the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, providing life-saving resources to the disproportionately affected Black community.
Over recent months, the Urban League has assisted thousands of families with mortgage relief and rental assistance, hygiene essentials, employment support and even food for the holidays.
“You had the police community social justice issues, which tie into the race issues, which ties into the pandemic, that really promoted more use of our food pantry, more use and I am pleased to say additional income to help our housing program where we help people with their mortgage, rent and utilities,” President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Esther Bush told Steelers.com. “Not just through our housing programs which is what we do, but through all of our programs we hear the needs and get the referrals. I am extremely proud that the City of Pittsburgh, as well as Allegheny County, has reached out to us to give us additional funds and service those laid off employees that work in the hourly jobs, restaurants, etc. The Urban League staff are absolutely essential workers when I look at the hundreds of people we have helped during this pandemic.”
For Williamson, the decision to help the Urban League’s mission came easy.
“What they are doing is a great cause and I just wanted to add to it,” said Williamson. “Equal rights are something that has been fought for to achieve for years. I am glad a lot of these situations are being brought up with the injustices. Hopefully all the things going on will make a difference and change the spectrum of racism in America and across the world. It can be an uncomfortable situation to talk about, but it helps break down a lot of barriers. It can make a lot of people’s perspectives change, just having a conversation.”
With the help of the Steelers organization and players like Williamson, the Urban League hopes to continue creating change and serving the community for years to come.
“The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh has been around for 102 years,” Bush said. “We are pleased that we can lift almost every aspect of the community in an ongoing basis or at some point has really embraced us and brought us closer. Our relationship with the Steelers goes back for some time. When you see a Steelers player choose the Urban League, and he has heard about us or read about us through the work we do every single day, we are hoping what we bring to the community to make the community better, especially for black folks and low income individuals, is making the right impact.”
Steeler fans interested in assisting the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh themselves can visit their website here.