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Pittsburgh Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint’s Playoff Fumble “Doesn’t Define Him”

The 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers had everything going for them. A team fighting to win every game after key players got injured, a team willing to put everything on the line to showcase their talent, and a team hungry for a 7th Lombardi Trophy.

The story of the 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers was one for the record books. After countless injuries to star players like Le’Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown for several games or the entire season, the team needed to overcome adversity and fight in every game; and did just that.

It was the AFC Divisional game against the Denver Broncos, the Steelers needed to win to move on to the AFC Championship game. Now is the time to give it all you got and bring home a victory.

Late in the fourth quarter, backup running back Fitzgerald Toussaint fumbled the football. The momentum gave the Broncos the ability to move down the field and score a game winning touchdown. Fans and teammates were heart broken and star struck.

In a recent interview with Mark Kaboly over at Pittsburgh Tribune- News, Toussaint talked about his playoff fumble and how it doesn’t define him as a player or person.

That (fumble) doesn’t define me as a player nor does it define me as a person. It was difficult situation, but not just for me but for the team because I know how hard they worked before I even got here. I am working to put myself in that position never to do that again.

Here is the play if you want to watch. It’s always hard to watch a play that eventually won the other team the game, but just remember, you have to overcome things in your life and forgive and forget. 

If it wasn’t for the great game from Toussaint in the AFC Wild Card matchup, the Steelers would have lost and never made it to the Divisional round.

His fumble did hurt a lot of players and fans but now is the time to see how this young player bounces back and to see if he overcomes this play and does good next season.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. DrGeorge

    June 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Actually, Toussaint played well, except for the fumble, and he is in good company with other Steelers backs who fumbled in key playoff games, Bettis and Mendenhall to name two. With Bell, Williams, Stingily, Toussaint, and Richardson, our backfield is deep for a change. And our off-season acquisitions on the O-line augur well, too, if Tomlin and Haley can bring themselves to balance the offense with more running and aim for greater red zone and short yardage efficiency.

    But the real question remains the defense. If we are to be serious contenders, we must improve the pass rush and the secondary. Given the talent we lost and the talent we acquired, our defense does not appear to be — on paper — any better than it was last year. And that’s not good.

  2. DaveB.

    June 13, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    The defense could be better , or , it could be much worse . These rookies are going to go through a learning curve as all rookies do . The key for the Steelers and this defense , is , can the veterans do enough to compensate ? Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree have to get pressure and generate a pass rush if this defense is to have any chance to succeed . If they can do that , the Steelers have a chance to be very good barring injury . If they cant do it , 2016 could be a very long year . We’ll find out in another month at Latrobe .

  3. l

    June 14, 2016 at 11:45 am

    You’re so right, DaveB. Fans on other sites keep harping on our pretty offensive statistics: Passing yards – 4822 versus our opponents 4661; Rushing yards – 1724 versus our opponents 1459. Nice numbers, but where are the wins? We finished with a record of 10 – 6 and claimed the last playoff spot on a tiebreaker with the Jets. Our losses were to New England, Balt. Ravens (twice), K.C. Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, and Seattle Seahawks. That in a nutshell is what’s wrong with the Steelers. Except for our 30 points against Seattle, we scored 21 points or less in each of those losses. We built our lofty offensive stats against mediocre or poor teams. When we play the best, defense wins.

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