Testaverde Week: Vinny vs. The Pittsburgh Steelers
If this is the first you clicked on The Keystone Statement in awhile, lemme catch you up to speed: this past Monday was former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde's 54 birthday and since he's my favorite athlete of all time, in true psychopath form I decided to dedicate the whole week to his 20 years playing in the NFL with a "Vinny Moment" each and every day. Enjoy (or don't, that's cool too) as I try to work things out with my therapist.
The game of football (or any sport for that matter) isn't always about the positives. You have some awful games (looking at you, week 10 Tyrod Taylor), some awful injuries (hey there, Zack Miller) and some downright awful players (whoa lookie there, it's Brock Osweiler).
For my sake, I wish I could write about how Vinny and the Steelers had this storied rivalry, especially considering he was in the AFC North division from 1993-96 during the times when the Cleveland Browns Modell'd their way to Baltimore, but it was a match-up that was very one-sided.
Vinny had a 2-10 career record against the Black & Gold. His first game was one of those Ws on October 24, 1994, going 9-14 with two touchdowns and a 144.9 passer rating, but the mind of a younger, less Emperor Palpatine looking Bill Belichick was still no match for the jutted chin of one William Cowher.
Vinny struggled against the Steelers for the rest of his Cleveland tenure with four losses, 3 TDs and 8 INTs (around this point may be were he was knighted with the "Interceptaverde" nickname - you bastards). It doesn't matter if you have a future multi-Super Bowl winning coach holding the clipboard, Cleveland is just really good at being the Browns.
He did get his second and final victory against Pittsburgh while he was with the Ravens on December 1, 1996 (31-7) tossing three TDs and only one pick, eventually turning that season into his first of two Pro Bowl appearances.
After that, all losses. He went 1-3 with Baltimore, 0-2 with the Jets and 0-1 in his final face-off when he was with Dallas in 2004 (although that game was purdy nice for a 40-year-old [1 TD, 0 INTs, 97.5 QB rating]). Note Kid Rock's "American Badass" playing in the background after the TD pass (hey, early 2000s)
The Steelers absolutely had Vinny's number. That game of football is one fickle son of a bitch, I tell ya.