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Minkah Fitzpatrick Has Steelers’ Longest Interception Return Since 1933

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick had the team’s longest interception return in 86 years on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick intercepted Indianapolis Colts backup Brian Hoyer at the Steelers’ 4-yard line in the first half and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown.

The 96-yard interception return was the longest for the Steelers in the regular season since the team’s inaugural season in 1933, when Martin “Butch” Kottler — a 5-foot-9, 180-pound Carnegie native — returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown in the franchise’s second game.

Against the Chicago Cardinals on Sept. 27, 1933 at Forbes Field, Kotter’s score in the second quarter got the Steelers on the board and they rallied from a 13-point deficit to win, 14-13 for the first win in franchise history.

Of course, those two are the longest interception returns in regular-season history. Linebacker James Harrison had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown — also against the Cardinals — in Super Bowl XLIII.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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