The story of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 season was retold today when the team unveiled its annual season highlight film, chronicled by NFL Films, "Steel City Fireworks," at a special screening at Heinz Field.
The film, which premiered in the East Club Lounge at Heinz Field, details the Steelers' 2014 campaign, which was the team's 82nd season in the National Football League. Pittsburgh finished with an 11-5 record and claimed the AFC North Division Championship, the team's 21st division title since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, which is tops in the NFL in that span.
The Steelers had an offensive output for the ages in 2014 as the offense set numerous single-season team records, including total points (436), total net yards (6,577), passing yards per games (301.6), total first downs (379) and individual 100-yard receiving games (12). The offense had four players selected to the Pro Bowl, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown, running back Le'Veon Bell and center Maurkice Pouncey.
Roethlisberger threw for a team record 4,952 yards, which was also tied for the most in the NFL (Drew Brees, New Orleans) in 2014. He also set the single-season team record with 408 completions. Brown set a single-season Steelers' record in receptions (129), receiving yards (1,698) and receiving touchdowns (13). Bell set the single-season team record for yards from scrimmage (2,215), receptions by a running back (83), receiving yards for a running back (854) and total first downs (114). Pouncey gave up a career-low two sacks, and was named a first-team AP All-Pro.
Pittsburgh's defense was led by defensive end Cameron Heyward, linebacker Lawrence Timmonsand cornerback William Gayin 2014. Heyward tied for the team lead with a career-high 7.5 sacks to become the first defensive lineman to lead the team or tie for the team lead in sacks since Aaron Smith in 2004. Timmons was named to his first Pro Bowl and earned second-team AP All-Pro honors after recording a team-leading 132 tackles, his third straight season with at least 100 tackles. Gay set a single-season team record and led the NFL with three interceptions returned for a touchdown.
"Steel City Fireworks" was produced by Bethel Park-native John Weiss of NFL Films, his 25th Steelers highlight project. KDKA Radio's Larry Richert narrates the video, while the Steelers broadcast team of Bill Hillgrove and former Steelers Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley are featured in the film.