A Steelers Depot daily segment. A quick hit of some Pittsburgh Steelers and Steelers-related stories that may not require a complete and dedicated article but nuggets worth mentioning and passing on to you guys. The same as our recent Depot Daily, but now late at night to better capture the news of the day.
Your Depot After Dark for Dec. 6.
DeAngelo Williams In College Football HOF
Former Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams has officially been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. As tweeted out by the Memphis football Twitter account, where Williams played his college ball, you can see Williams being inducted below.
Williams starred at Memphis, rushing for over 6,000 career yards with 60 total touchdowns (55 rushing, five receiving). He still ranks sixth all-time in rushing yards and led the NCAA in rushing in 2005. Williams played for the Steelers for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, leading the NFL with 11 rushing scores in that ’15 season.
Others inducted include former Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, former NFL (and one-time Steeler) WR Terance Mathis, former Denver Broncos QB and Florida legend Tim Tebow, and longtime Georgia Tech head coach and Triple Option guru Paul Johnson.
With the New England Patriots game tomorrow, it’s a good time to check in on Mike Tomlin’s career record against them. The results aren’t pretty. Though most of his career was against Tom Brady, Tomlin still has just a 3-9 record against the Patriots, last beating them in 2018.
Tomlin’s Steelers fell to the Patriots last season 17-14, a game in which tomorrow’s starter Mitch Trubisky also started that game. But New England is at their lowest point sitting at 2-10. It’ll be the first 10-loss season the team has had since 2000, when they finished 5-11. If they lose 12 games, it’ll be their most losses since they went 2-14 in 1992.
Big Ben Throwback
Keeping with the Steelers/Patriots theme, a cheerier throwback Dave Bryan tweeted out earlier. A rookie Ben Roethlisberger knocked off Tom Brady’s Pats in 2004, 34-20. Pittsburgh raced out to a 21-3 first-quarter lead, with Roethlisberger finishing the day with a pair of passing touchdowns. Brady was sacked four times, threw two picks, and the Patriots turned the ball over four total times.
Pittsburgh went on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles the following week, knocking off undefeated teams in back-to-back weeks. It highlighted Roethlisberger’s magical rookie season as the Steelers went 15-1 in the regular season. Alas, the Pats got their revenge in the AFC Title Game though that comes with plenty of controversy.