I was sitting here thinking about the Steelers, and the play that sparked our triumphant reign over the NFL for a decade in the 70s. We had a similar moment to kick off this past decade. Although not quite a glorious moment, it was one that changed the Steelers for the years following, and certainly for the years still to come.
This stemmed from a conversation with my roommate about the XFL, which led to the topic of a man who's name I still will not utter on game days due to fear of bad voodoo (it's a weird superstition, I know). We experienced success under that quarteback until he was nigh paralyzed by the Titans
, and from that moment forth, he seemed gun-shy, to say the least. We experienced a terrible down year the next season, which granted us the eleventh pick in the draft, which landed us a pick that changed our franchise forever in the long run. At the time, though, there was no change. The infamous number 8 went into the season as the starter, and Ben was to spend a year or two under his tutelage, much like Cincinnati's handling of Carson Palmer
. Then came that fateful game against the Ravens
. In that game, due to an injury, Ben was forced into the role of starting quarterback, and thus the face of the team completely changed. Since then, we've had two SuperBowl victories in three visits, the first of which came in Ben's second season in the league.
With all of this in mind, I must wonder something, and I'd like to hear some of your guys' thoughts on the matter: had it not been for that injury, what, perhaps, would be the state of the team today?