Pat McAfee Pays Tribut to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a Moment of Silence

Unless you're an eternal optimist who believes it can be saved in the next four weeks, you've probably put the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2021 season on hold.

It's been a painful run of un-Steeler-like performances on both sides of the ball, resulting in a 6-6-1 record over a 13-week span, which is the franchise's worst in 20 years (per Pro Football Reference).

The Steelers don't appear to be a team primed for a postseason run, with just one win in their last five games, especially given the challenges ahead.

Pittsburgh plays the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field and the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens on the road in the league's toughest remaining schedule.

Pat McAfee, a former Pro Bowl punter and host of "The Pat McAfee Show," is a Pittsburgh native, as are the majority of his teammates.

Naturally, they discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers a lot.

McAfee observed a moment of silence for the Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin's 14-year winning streak in a recent segment.

Anything can happen in the NFL this season, which has been a wild ride.

It's also possible that the Steelers finish with an 8-8-1 record, which would not be considered a losing season.

Pittsburgh had three 8-8 seasons under Tomlin, two back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, and the most recent in 2019 (when Ben Roethlisberger's elbow forced him to miss the entire season).

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McAfee signed a four-year deal with FanDuel on December 9 to continue his popular YouTube podcast, "The Pat McAfee Show." The mega-deal pays McAfee $30 million per year, more than twice what he made as a punter for the Indianapolis Colts during his eight-year career.

McAfee pledged to donate $6.5 million to various charities and groups during the second half of his 17-minute video announcement.

Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked Steelers wide receiver James Washington during a press conference on December 13 whether Chase Claypool's error in judgment was due to a lack of common sense or if coaches review with players what to do in situations where timing is critical.

Washington said, "It's just one of those common-sense deals."

"But, in the heat of battle, guys make mistakes and do things; it was a costly deal for us, but at the end of the day, we're still a team and we'll move forward from here."

Despite the fact that the 23-year-old Claypool had 93 yards in Pittsburgh's humiliating loss to Minnesota, the focus of fans and the media since has been on his first-down celebration, which took valuable time off the clock.

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