Former Louisville Cardinal has a franchise record six interception returns for a touchdown

Former Louisville standout William Gay is in ninth NFL season

Former Louisville cornerback William Gay, now in his ninth NFL season, made Pittsburgh Steeler history on Sunday while helping his team to a 33-20 win at rival Cincinnati.

With the Steelers leading 16-7 early in the third quarter in a game with significant playoff implications, Gay intercepted Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron and returned it 23-yards for Pittsburgh's lone third quarter touchdown.  The touchdown return was the sixth of his eight-year career in Pittsburgh, equalling former Steeler great Rod Woodson more most career interception returns for a score in franchise history.

Gay, who has 89 career NFL starts, led the NFL with three interception returns for a touchdown in 2014. He now has 10 interceptions during his time in the league, which includes a season with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native was a member of Louisville's 2003 recruiting class that would help guide the program to a pair of conference titles and a win over ACC Champion Wake Forest in the 2007 Orange Bowl.

He recorded 28 pass breakups during his Cardinal career, a total that ranks fifth all-time for the program.  In 2006, his final season as a Cardinal, Gay had a season that ranks among the program's best, recording six interceptions and 13 pass breakups, both of which rank among the school's top ten single-season efforts.


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