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William Gay
CB #22
Height:
5-10
Weight:
187
Age:
31
College:
Louisville
Experience:
10

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
10
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 504 415 89 6.0 0 79 11 195 -- 52 5 7 3
2016 PIT 2 2 10 6 4 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2015 PIT 16 16 58 46 12 1.0 0 7 2 30 15 23 1 0 --
2014 PIT 16 13 69 58 11 0.0 0 12 3 113 37.7 52 3 0 --
2013 PIT 16 11 63 55 8 1.0 0 9 1 21 21 21 1 2 --
2012 ARI 16 15 57 45 12 1.0 -- 6 2 7 3.5 6 0 3 1
2011 PIT 16 15 61 49 12 0.0 -- 13 2 12 6 12 0 0 1
2010 PIT 16 4 48 40 8 2.0 -- 11 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2009 PIT 16 14 78 70 8 1.0 -- 10 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2008 PIT 16 4 41 33 8 0.0 -- 7 1 12 12 12 0 0 --
2007 PIT 16 0 19 13 6 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @WAS W 38-16 6 2 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 CIN W 24-16 4 4 0 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Entering the 2016 season, he has never missed a single game during the regular season, and his consecutive games played streak of 144 games is the longest active streak in the NFL for a defensive back.
  • Has five career pick-sixes, which are tied for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in Steelers’ history.
  • With his 23-yard interception return for a touchdown 12/13/15 at Cincinnati, he set an NFL record by returning five consecutive interceptions for touchdowns.
  • Recipient of the Steelers’ Ed Block Courage Award in 2015.
  • Led the NFL and set a single-season Steelers’ record with three interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2014.
  • Named the Steelers 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his efforts on and off the field.

PRO (146-94/11-6): Re-signed a three-year contract with the Steelers on March 8, 2016…signed a three-year contract with the Steelers on March 4, 2013…released by the Arizona Cardinals on March 1, 2013…signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent (from Pittsburgh) on March 25, 2012…re-signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on August 4, 2011…re-signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on April 16, 2010…originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (170th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

2016 (2-2): Has played in 146 consecutive games, which is the longest active games played streak in the NFL among cornerbacks.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Entering the 2016 season, he has never missed a single game during the regular season, and his consecutive games played streak of 144 games is the longest active streak in the NFL for a defensive back.
  • Has five career pick-sixes, which are tied for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in Steelers’ history.
  • With his 23-yard interception return for a touchdown 12/13/15 at Cincinnati, he set an NFL record by returning five consecutive interceptions for touchdowns.
  • Recipient of the Steelers’ Ed Block Courage Award in 2015.
  • Led the NFL and set a single-season Steelers’ record with three interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2014.
  • Named the Steelers 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his efforts on and off the field.

PRO (146-94/11-6): Re-signed a three-year contract with the Steelers on March 8, 2016…signed a three-year contract with the Steelers on March 4, 2013…released by the Arizona Cardinals on March 1, 2013…signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent (from Pittsburgh) on March 25, 2012…re-signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on August 4, 2011…re-signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on April 16, 2010…originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (170th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.

2016 (2-2): Has played in 146 consecutive games, which is the longest active games played streak in the NFL among cornerbacks.

2015 (16-16/2-2) (PIT): Started all 16 regular-season games for the first time of his career…named a defensive team captain for the first time in his career…set an NFL record by scoring a touchdown on five straight interceptions, when he returned an interception for a score 12/13 at Cincinnati…became the 10th active defender with five or more pick-sixes.

  • 11/15 vs. Cleveland: Totaled a season-high seven tackles.
  • 11/29 at Seattle: Credited with a sack of QB Russell Wilson, giving him 6.0 sacks for his career and 5.0 sacks as a Steeler...joined Deshea Townsend as the only Steelers’ cornerbacks with at least 5.0 sacks since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
  • 12/6 vs. Indianapolis: Left the game in the fourth quarter to go through NFL Concussion Protocol and did not return.
  • 12/13 at Cincinnati: Picked off QB A.J. McCarron and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown…marked his fifth career pick-six.
  • 1/3 at Cleveland: Picked off QB Austin Davis in the fourth quarter.
  • AFC Divisional Playoff 1/17 at Denver: Led the team with eight tackles.

2014 (16-13/1-1) (PIT): Saw action in all 16 games with 13 starts during the regular season…set a career-high with three interceptions during the regular season, all of which were returned for a touchdown, setting a single-season Steelers’ record…the three interceptions also tied for the team lead (Brice McCain)…tied his single-season career-high with 16 pass breakups…recorded five special teams tackles during the regular season (two, 9/7 vs. Cleveland and 10/26 vs. Indianapolis, and one, 12/7 vs. Cincinnati).

  • 9/28 vs. Tampa Bay: Tied a career-high with four pass breakups.
  • 10/26 vs. Indianapolis: Picked off QB Andrew Luck and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.
  • 11/9 at N.Y. Jets: Started his 70th career game…totaled a season-best seven tackles.
  • 11/17 at Tennessee: Intercepted QB Zach Mettenberger on the Titans’ first offensive play and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown…marked the 100th interception return for a touchdown in team history.
  • 12/14 at Atlanta: Led the team with a season-best eight tackles…picked off QB Matt Ryan and returned the ball 52 yards for a touchdown, his third pick-six of the season, setting a single-season team record.

2013 (16-11) (PIT): Played in all 16 games, making 11 starts…tied for second on the team with two forced fumbles…scored his first career touchdown in the regular season, a 21-yard interception return 11/24 at Cleveland.

  • 9/22 vs. Chicago: Led the defensive backs with nine tackles…added one forced fumble.
  • 9/29 vs. Minnesota (London): Played in his 100th career game and 100th consecutive game.
  • 11/10 vs. Buffalo: Recorded a team-high and season-high 10 tackles.  
  • 11/24 at Cleveland: Returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown…marked the first interception returned for a touchdown of his career…sacked and forced a fumble of QB Jason Campbell that was recovered by S Will Allen and returned to the Cleveland four-yard line…marked his seventh career forced fumble during the regular season.

2012 (16-15) (ARZ): Started 15-of-16 games…recorded 60 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups…added a single-season career-high three forced fumbles.

  • 9/9 vs. Seattle: Forced a fumble in his Cardinals debut.
  • 10/14 vs. Buffalo: Recovered RB Fred Jackson’s fumble on the first play of the game…marked his third career fumble recovery during the regular season.
  • 11/4 at Green Bay: Recorded his first interception of the season, picking off QB Aaron Rodgers on the first play of the second quarter.
  • 11/18 at Atlanta: Picked off QB Matt Ryan in the first quarter for his second interception of the season…added one forced fumble.
  • 12/2 at N.Y. Jets: Recorded his first sack of the season, taking down QB Mark Sanchez for a nine-yard loss in the third quarter.
  • 12/30 at San Francisco: Forced his third fumble of the season on RB LaMichael James in the third quarter.

2011 (16-15/1-1) (PIT): Started 15-of-16 games during the regular season…totaled two interceptions, 13 passes defensed, and one fumble recovery…recorded one special teams tackle 9/11 at Baltimore during the regular season…started the lone postseason contest.

  • 11/6 vs. Baltimore: Recorded the second fumble recovery of his career when LB James Harrison sacked and stripped QB Joe Flacco.
  • 11/13 at Cincinnati: Recorded the second interception of his career, picking off QB Andy Dalton with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter…added a team-high three pass breakups.
  • 12/8 vs. Cleveland: Picked off QB Colt McCoy.

2010 (16-4/3-2) (PIT): Saw action in all 16 regular-season games, starting four…finished with 46 tackles, a career-high 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble…led the team with 15 pass breakups…added a career-high 13 special teams tackles (two, 9/26 at Tampa Bay, 10/3 vs. Baltimore and 11/21 vs. Oakland, and one, 9/12 vs. Atlanta, 10/17 vs. Cleveland, 10/24 at Miami, 11/8 at Cincinnati, 11/28 at Buffalo, 12/12 vs. Cincinnati and 12/23 vs. Carolina)…saw action in all three postseason contests, starting two of them…posted his first career postseason touchdown as he scooped up a Jets’ fumble and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown late in the first half in the AFC Championship Game…finished the postseason tied for the team-high with three pass breakups.

  • 9/26 at Tampa Bay: Recorded a sack, taking down QB Josh Freeman for a seven-yard loss.
  • 11/8 at Cincinnati: Totaled three QB pressures and three pass breakups…blocked a punt on the Bengals’ first possession of the game, which was the first punt blocked by the Steelers since LB Andre Frazier (11/3/08 at Washington).
  • 11/28 at Buffalo: Forced a fumble on RB Fred Jackson…led the team with four pass breakups.
  • 12/12 vs. Cincinnati: Posted an eight-yard sack in the second quarter on QB Carson Palmer.
  • AFC Divisional Playoff 1/15 vs. Baltimore: Saw significant action in place of injured CB Bryant McFadden…was part of a defense that held the Ravens to 125 yards passing and forced three turnovers.
  • AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. N.Y. Jets: Made his first career start in the postseason…posted his first career postseason touchdown as he scooped up a Jets’ fumble and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown late in the first half…marked his first career postseason fumble recovery.
  • Super Bowl XLV 2/6 vs. Green Bay: Made his second career postseason start in the secondary.

2009 (16-14) (PIT): Started 14-of-16 games…led the team with a career-high 16 pass breakups…also recorded a career-high 91 tackles and his first career sack…added five special teams tackles (one, 9/10 vs. Tennessee, 10/4 vs. San Diego, 10/25 vs. Minnesota, 11/15 vs. Cincinnati and 1/3 at Miami).

  • 9/20 at Chicago: Recorded 10 tackles, marking the first time he recorded double-digit tackles in a single game in his career.
  • 10/4 vs. San Diego: Led the team with three pass breakups.
  • 10/11 at Detroit: Recorded his first career sack, taking down QB Daunte Culpepper for a five-yard loss.
  • 10/25 vs. Minnesota: Registered 11 tackles.
  • 11/29 at Baltimore: Recorded a career-high 12 tackles…added his first career forced fumble. 
  • 12/6 vs. Oakland: Left the game with a head injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

2008 (16-4/3-0) (PIT): Saw action in all 16 regular season contests, making four starts…totaled 38 tackles, one interception and 11 pass breakups during the regular season...added nine special teams tackles during the regular season (two, 11/3 at Washington, and one 9/7 vs. Houston, 10/5 at Jacksonville, 10/19 at Cincinnati, 11/20 vs. Cincinnati, 11/30 at New England, 12/7 vs. Dallas and 12/21 at Tennessee)…saw action in all three postseason contests, recording one tackle on special teams (2/1 vs. Arizona) and one fumble recovery on special teams (1/11 vs. San Diego).

  • 11/16 vs. San Diego: Made his first career start at CB.
  • 12/14 at Baltimore: Registered his first career interception at the end of the game, picking off QB Joe Flacco.
  • AFC Divisional Game 1/11 vs. San Diego: Recovered his first career postseason fumble on special teams on S Eric Weddle’s muffed punt in the third quarter.

2007 (16-0/1-0) (PIT): Played in all 16 regular-season games and the lone postseason contest as a rookie…totaled two pass breakups and one fumble recovery during the regular season…added 11 special teams tackles during the regular season (two, 9/23 vs. San Francisco and 12/17 vs. Jacksonville, and one, 9/30 at Arizona, 10/7 vs. Seattle, 10/21 at Denver, 11/5 vs. Baltimore, 11/18 at N.Y. Jets, 12/9 at New England and 12/30 at Baltimore).

  • 9/9 at Cleveland: Saw action at CB in his first NFL game…recorded his first career fumble recovery.
  • AFC Wild Card Game 1/5 vs. Jacksonville: Made his postseason debut.

COLLEGE: Appeared in 46 games with 36 starts at Louisville (2003-06)…totaled 134 tackles, 25 pass breakups, seven interceptions and one sack…selected first-team All-Big East in 2006…in 2003, he was named to Conference USA’s All-Freshman team…majored in sports administration.

PERSONAL: Attended Rickards High School (Tallahassee, Fla.) where he played quarterback, wide receiver and safety…threw for 1,035 yards with seven touchdowns, recorded 1,237 receiving yards with 11 receiving touchdowns, and added 82 tackles, 14 passes defensed and nine interceptions as a senior…earned co-MVP honors and earned first-team all-Big Bend area honors as a senior…totaled more than 1,200 all-purpose yards with 12 touchdowns as a junior…also ran track…son of Corine Hall…Full name: William Gay.