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.null