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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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