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Steelers Daily News & Links: Rudolph Praise, Terrible Towel Anniversary

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Pittsburgh sportscaster Myron Cope shows a Terrible Towel, a Cope brainchild that has become a marketing success, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 27, 1979. The towel, which is supposed to give almost supernatural powers to the Steelers, will be in the hands of thousands of Steeler faithful when they face the Miami Dolphins. (AP Photo)

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🏈 Wednesday marks the 48th anniversary of the creation of the Terrible Towel. The Terrible Towel has been an iconic symbol of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh since the 1975. It all started with a simple idea from Myron Cope, a sports broadcaster for the Steelers. He wanted to create something that would bring the fans together and give them a sense of unity.

🏈 Mason Rudolph had the highest passer rating (124.0) among all quarterbacks in Week 16. Rudolph completed 17 of 27 passes (63.0%) for 290 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Steelers’ 34-11 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Rudolph’s performance was by far the best from a Steelers quarterback this season.

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🏈 The Baltimore Ravens have seven wins by 14+ points this season. All of those opponents are currently above .500 (Hou, Cle, Det, Sea, Cin, Jax, SF). No team in NFL history has had more than five regular-season wins by 14+ points against teams that finished that season with a winning record, per OptaSTATS.

🏈 Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s one-time mansion in Pine Township is up for sale for $3.9 million.
T.J. Watt had the highest pass-rush grade in Week 16 (92.4), surpassing Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (91.8), according to Pro Football Focus. PFF gave George Pickens the fourth-highest grade (90.1) among wide receivers in Week 16. Watt had three combined tackles (2 solos), one sack, one forced fumble, one pass defended and four quarterback hits against the Bengals. Pickens had four receptions for 195 yards (48.8 average) and two touchdowns, an 86-yard catch-and-run and a 66-yarder.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams, born on December 27, 1989 in Davenport, Florida. Williams, a sixth-round pick out of Florida State in 2013, played eight seasons for the Steelers. In 121 career games (69 starts), Williams recorded 479 total tackles (333 solos), 20.5 sacks, 50 tackles for loss, five passes defended, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown. Williams is currently a linebackers coach at Pine Richland High School.

🎥 On Tuesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame looked back at former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll’s legendary career on the 32nd anniversary of his retirement.

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