The biggest knock Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham took in an otherwise outstanding 2012 season were two 50-or-more yard field goals he missed, one against Tennessee in a loss and one against Cincinnati in a loss.
Much has changed, reports Behind The Steel Curtain writer Christopher Carter, who is in Latrobe filing reports (i.e. texting me) this afternoon while attending practice.
Writes Carter: "SUISHAM JUST HIT 60!"
Gotta love all-caps news reports.
It almost seems too good to be true, but more than anything, this is perhaps the reason why Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was insistent on giving Suisham both shots last year. Granted, neither decision looks great in retrospect, but if this shows nothing else, it's that he has the leg strength to kick that far.
The Steelers follow NFL-mandated drug testing procedures. In case that's what you were thinking.
When asked if there was a live rush, Carter said there wasn't, but defenders were on the line and they did approach him.
"(there wasn't a) serious rush," he wrote. "They lined up and people were coming but I can tell they were trying not to block it. (Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith) was counting down to simulate game experience."
Still. Sixty yards. Pretty cool.
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