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Robert “Spilly” Spillane earns his stripes with huge goal line stop on Derrick Henry

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Devin Bush, but Robert Spillane is making a name for himself already.

NFL: DEC 22 Steelers at Jets Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious in Nashville on Sunday when they beat the previously undefeated Tennessee Titans 27-24 in Week 7. The now 6-0 Steelers came out of the gates blazing, but let the Titans back into the game in the second half.

There were plenty of ups and downs throughout the contest, and one of the high points was a crushing goal line hit by Robert Spillane on running back Derrick Henry. Spillane left the game after this hit, only to return later, but he certainly made a name for himself in the process.

Just watch the play again:

This hit made every fan stand up in their seat and yell, and also cringe thinking about Spillane taking on Henry. But this is football at its finest. The hole opens, and Spillane has a job to do.

Size, speed, pedigree.

It doesn’t matter.

SEC vs. MAC.

Doesn’t matter.

Spillane lowered the boom, and in the process got some serious recognition from his teammates. In other words, the man they call “Spilly” earned his stripes on this play.

The hit wasn’t just felt inside the Steelers locker room, but made its way to others watching the showdown between the two undefeated teams.

A hit like that doesn’t happen a lot in today’s NFL very much anymore, but when they do you realize just how physical the game is at every level. As I stated earlier, Spillane was able to return to the game, but this one hit, even if it is the highlight of his NFL career, will be one fans talk about for a while.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they now turn their attention to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8 at M&T Bank Stadium for the top spot not just in the AFC North, but the AFC.