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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
AFC North High Energy Player of the Week

By James Walker

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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 3.

Brett Keisel
Brett Keisel took the first interception of his nine-year career to the house.
The play seemingly took 20 minutes. But in the end, Pittsburgh Steelers 285-pound defensive end Brett Keisel rumbled his way into the end zone for a 79-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It was a dream come true for Keisel. The 32-year-old has spent his entire career playing defensive end in Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme. Therefore, Keisel mostly takes on blockers while stud defenders James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu get all the glory.

But when a rare big play was there to be made, Keisel knew what to do with the football. Tampa Bay receiver Sammie Stroughter dropped a pass as he was hit by Harrison, causing a deflection, and the ball bounced right into Keisel's hands.

With help from a convoy of teammates and a few nifty moves on Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, Keisel made the first interception of his career a memorable one. It was also the ninth turnover forced by the Steelers (3-0) in the past two games.

"That was great," Polamalu said of Keisel's interception. "We've been making plays like that on defense, and hopefully we continue to do that and make it easy for the offense."