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Steelers give Bucs a defensive history lesson

Updated: December 24, 2002, 3:55 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Just in case anyone was starting to believe that bone-rattling defense and intimidating personas originated with Warren Sapp and friends, the Pittsburgh Steelers delivered an unmistakable message to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by demonstrating a little thuggery of their own.

And it actually began 40 minutes before the kickoff of a Monday Night game in which both clubs had promised the NFL equivalent of a Texas cage match.

While the teams were still warming up, Steelers ...

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