Forging steel takes time. And the more it is tested, the stronger it becomes in the end. In 2013, Pittsburgh’s Men of Steel endured a difficult start to the season. Injuries, mistakes and missed opportunities resulted in an 0-4 start, and at midseason, the Steelers were 2-6 -- seemingly out of playoff contention. It was the kind of start that could have broken many teams. But the Steelers endured this year of challenges, and were strengthened by this “Test of Mettle.”
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the offense with another stellar season, and was joined by rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, who set a team record for most yards from scrimmage by a rookie. Receiver Antonio Brown had a breakout season, with 110 catches for 1,499 yards. Brown became the first player in NFL history to record at least five catches and at least 50 yards receiving, in all 16 games of a regular season.
Defensively, safety Troy Polamalu recovered from an injury-plagued 2012 season, and earned his eighth Pro Bowl berth in 2013. Other veteran stars like Lawrence Timmons were joined by young up-and-comers like defensive end Cameron Heyward, linebacker Jason Worilds, and rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones.
The Steelers battled to win six of their final eight games, and remained in playoff contention through their season finale. Exclusive sideline sound and game wires with Heyward, Roethlisberger, and head coach Mike Tomlin give fans an inside look at a season that truly was a “Test of Mettle.”- Narrated by Larry Richert- Run time 22 minutes