Marcus Gilbert Redemption, Emotions Expected, Big Play Willie Gay
It’s Ravens Week! The Steelers are busy preparing for an AFC North showdown and we’re busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, Nov. 1st.
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Marcus Gilbert looking for redemption
As Marcus Gilbert returns to the lineup following his concussion suffered against the Houston Texans two weeks ago he’s looking for redemption for his performance when the Steelers met the Ravens in week 2 in Baltimore. As Mike Prisuta explains, Gilbert has had this game marked on his calendar since giving up two sacks to Elvis Dumervil on Sept. 11th in a 26-6 loss. The Steelers are recognizing just how important it is to be the team on the rise in the second half of the season. This is a pivotal matchup for both teams in terms of the divisional race as they both stand at 5-3.
Get out your tissues
Joe Greene had his choice of games for which the Steelers were going to hold the ceremony to officially retire his No. 75 and he chose the Ravens game. ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown tells us that Greene is expecting to get emotional for the ceremony, even though he’s had months to prepare just because of the magnitude of the honor. The Steelers have only ever officially retired one other number before, defensive tackle Ernie Stautner’s No. 70.
"“I’ve probably had several sleepless nights thinking about what a great honor this is, and can I be up to the task? I don’t know. We’ll just have to see. I know that I’m going to get really emotional and I’ve always been an emotional guy. I just hope I can finish.” – Joe Greene"
Big Play Willie Gay
Mark Kaboly of the Trib explains to us how fitting of a nickname that is for Steelers cornerback William Gay. Gay has been asked to do just about everything for the Steelers secondary this season, particularly after veteran Ike Taylor went out with an arm injury. Gay stepped in for Taylor and has been making big plays for the past five weeks, especially with last week’s pick six of Andrew Luck. Gay leads the team with eleven passes defended and only one touchdown allowed. He’s going to have to keep that hot streak going against the Ravens on Sunday night.