Remember the 135 consecutive games played in streak that former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback put together? It really was quite impressive, but believe it, or not, cornerback William Gay is very close to breaking it.
Gay, who was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Louisville, enters Monday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers with a consecutive games played in streak of 132. As far as cornerbacks around the league goes, it’s the longest active streak for the position.
Gay, who very rarely shows up on the Steelers injury report, has yet to miss a game since coming into the league and that speaks volumes about his durability.
The Steelers veteran cornerback trains during the offseason in Orlando at the Wide World of Sports Complex under the watchful eye of trainer Tom Shaw. Taylor, who retired this past offseason, also trained at the same Florida facility for most of his career.
So far this season, Gay has registered 14 total tackles and one defensed pass. Additionally, he has yet to give up a touchdown in pass coverage.
Gay is in the final year of his current contract and while he is 30 years-old, the Steelers would be wise to re-sign him during the offseason as he’s shown no signs of slowing down.
In case you’re curious, the late Ray Mansfield currently holds the Steelers franchise record for most consecutive games played in (182), according to the team’s 2015 media guide. Unlike Gay, Mansfield played his entire career in Pittsburgh.