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Willie Parker Rushes for 223 Yards, New Steeler Record

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won five Super Bowls. Running back Willie Parker still managed to do two things no Steeler has ever done before last night: Rush for over 220 yards in a single game and rush for over 200 yards twice in one season.

Willie Parker Rushes for 223 Yards, New Steeler Record

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs are supposed to be big and strong, rugged and durable, perfect symbols like Jerome Bettis and Franco Harris of a tough-as-it-gets franchise. Willie Parker is much different, and he finds himself in their record book because of it.

Parker, a speed back in an offense built around power, broke the Steelers’ single-game rushing record with 223 yards — a game better than either Harris or Bettis enjoyed — and Pittsburgh excelled as usual in cold weather by roughing up the offense-less Cleveland Browns 27-7 Thursday night.

Parker, the first player in Steelers history to have two 200-yard games in a season, broke John “Frenchy” Fuqua’s record of 218 yards against Philadelphia in 1970, two years before Fuqua was the intended receiver on Harris’ famous Immaculate Reception against Oakland.

Indeed, no other Steeler has rushed for 200 yards twice in a career–and Parker now has half of the 200 yard performances in Steeler history.

Willie Parker Rushes for 223 Yards, New Steeler Record

Quite a feat.

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