The Pittsburgh Steelers were tired of seeing that dreaded zero in the win column.
Now, they’ve got one. They think this could be only the beginning.
Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, and the Steelers won their first game by beating the New York Jets 19-6 on Sunday.
“We’re not going to quit,” defensive end Brett Keisel said. “Obviously, it wasn’t the start we wanted, but the men in this locker room believe there’s a chance that something great could come out of this if we all work toward it.”
The Steelers (1-4) were off to their worst start since 1968, when they lost their first six games during a season in which they finished 2-11-1.
“Oh, it’s big,” Roethlisberger said.
The victory was also the 600th in franchise history, including the postseason, as Pittsburgh became only the fourth team to reach the milestone and the first from the AFC.
“It’s tough because when you have that zero, your mind automatically goes to, ‘Let’s get this first win,”’ safety Ryan Clark said. “Now, you’re just trying to win each game and there’s not as much pressure on each and every play.”
Ward becomes Ironman
Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward added a new title to his resume Saturday. Not content with being a football and dancing star, Ward now is an Ironman.
The two-time Super Bowl winner finished one of the world’s most challenging triathlon courses in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 13 hours, 8 minutes and 15 seconds.
Ward was the 1,680th athlete to cross the finish line after a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon. He completed the swim in 1:20:01, biked the course in 06:21:12 and finished with a 5:12:56 run.