DALLAS — The Steelers have the most Super Bowl championships of any franchise and, not surprisingly, some of the most iconic moments in the history of the game. Many didn’t even crack this list.
But enough with my yammering. Here are the top six iconic Steelers Super Bowl moments:
6.) Willie Parker 75-yard TD run, Super Bowl XL
Parker set the Super Bowl record for longest touchdown run when he busted loose off right tackle during the second half. The Steelers started slowly in the game, but this run put them in command at 14-3 and they never looked back.
5.) Jack Lambert intercepts Vince Ferragamo, Super Bowl XIV
The Rams were driving to reclaim the lead against the Steelers late in the fourth quarter, and Ferragamo was nearly flawless until Lambert stepped in front of a pass intended for Ron Smith with 5:24 left in the game. Franco Harris would eventually put the game away with a 1-yard touchdown run. As Steelers fans curse the name of Neil O’Donnell, realize that Los Angeles Rams fans feel the same way about Ferragamo.
4.) John Stallworth 73-yard TD reception, Super Bowl XIV
The Rams actually led 19-17 heading into the fourth quarter, but QB Terry Bradshaw connected with Stallworth on this touchdown to put the Steelers ahead for good. What that stands out with this play is the ball just missing the fingers of Rams DB Rod Perry, which was captured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
3.) James Harrison 100-yard interception return for TD, Super Bowl XLIII
The Cardinals were driving for a score at the end of the first half. But what could have blown the game open for the Cardinals instead turned into the momentum shift that the Steelers needed when Harrison jumped in front of Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin and took the ball all the way to the house.
2.) Lynn Swann 64-yard TD reception, Super Bowl X
Everybody remembers Swann’s acrobatic circus catch from all of those NFL Films highlights. But it was his 64-yard touchdown reception that was crucial to the Steelers’ victory. Swann’s touchdown put the Steelers up 21-10, and they were able to withstand a last-minute desperation attempt from the Cowboys.
1.) Santonio Holmes 6-yard TD reception, Super Bowl XLIII
The Steelers were probably just hoping to get into field-goal range after the Cardinals took a 23-20 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game. But QB Ben Roethlisberger did more than that as he drove the Steelers inside the Cardinals’ 10-yard line. After one near-miss with Holmes, Roethlisberger would not miss a second time and the Steelers captured their sixth Super Bowl title.