The last great play by Tim Tebow as a Bronco has had a lasting impression on the man who was victimized by it.
Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, burned by Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown catch-and-get-out-of-my-way-stiff-arm on the first snap of overtime in a wild-card playoff game, says that the memories of that moment still linger.
“I remember it every day,” Taylor tells Albert Buford of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. ”People remember you for things you do, and I don’t want to have that game be what people remember me for.”
Taylor returned to his home state of Louisiana on Friday to host his annual “Face Me Ike” youth football camp. In the camp’s ninth year, Taylor finally was able to persuade former Pittsburgh teammate Santonio Holmes to show up. Taylor also thinks current teammate Mike Wallace will show up for training camp.
“He’s going to be there,” Taylor said. ”They’ll get it done. When you talk about that kind of money, it’s not an overnight type of deal. By the end of the day, I think for sure he’s going to get that thing done. Both sides are working together, so that’s a good thing.”
The Steelers also likely think it’s now a good thing that they held together and voted against the 2011 labor deal, given the ongoing debate regarding the Commissioner’s powers.
“We’re just a ‘ride or die’ team,” Taylor said. ”We’re going to go 100 percent with our guys. We had a couple of guys who sat down and understood the situation and brought it to the team, and we all made one decision as a team.”
Still, there was no way Roger Goodell was going to give up his power. So if enough other teams had done what the Steelers did, the bottom line is that there would have been no football in 2011.
Given the way Taylor’s season ended, maybe that would have been a good thing, too.