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Bettis Names AFC Championship Game Punt Return As The ‘Most Painful’

Earlier we asked you to name one play in Pittsburgh Steelers history you would change if given a chance and several of you responded with quite a few good answers. Former running back Jerome Bettis was asked the same question Monday on NFL Live and his response might just surprise you.

Bettis said that the punt return by wide receiver Troy Brown in the 2001-2002 AFC Championship game was the most “painful.”

Were assuming that Bettis means the 55-yard return that happened with 3:42 left in the first quarter that put the Patriots up 7-0. It was the second punt return for a touchdown in as many weeks against the Steelers and Brown’s third of the season.

Brown had quite a game that day against the Steelers as in addition that return, he also caught 8 passes for 121 yards. Oh yeah, he also scooped up a blocked field goal attempt in the third quarter and lateraled it to safety Antwan Harris, who returned it 49 yards for a score.

I’m sure that Bettis would’ve named a different play had the Steelers lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2005 playoffs.

ESPN also polled Steelers fans Monday to get their thoughts and a majority voted that they would change quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s pick-6 vs. the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

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