Steeler Nation, when number 99 Brett Keisel takes the field Sunday at Heinz Field it may be his last game wearing the Black and Gold. Keisel is finishing up his twelfth season as a Steeler and is in the final year of his contract.
The 35-year-old Keisel came to the Steelers as a seventh round pick in 2002, he was the 242nd pick in the draft out of BYU.
Keisel started out his Steeler career as a wedge busting special teams ace, and from the beginning Steeler fans fell in love with Keisel’s hustle, heart and determination. Keisel in just 5 regular season games and two post season games registered 7 solo special team tackles and a fumble recovery.
Keisel showed great quickness and athletic ability on special teams for a player of his size 6-5 285.
In 2004 Keisel began getting playing time as a reserve defensive end while still playing special teams.
By 2005 Keisel was making his presence known and began getting more playing time. He would record his very first sack against the Baltimore Ravens during the regular season.
Keisel although still a reserve, played a key part in the AFC Championship game at Denver. Keisel had his best game to that date registering 4 solo tackles including 2 sacks. The Steelers would go on to win Super Bowl XL.
In 2006 Brett Keisel would become a full-time starter for the Steelers, a spot he has kept ever since. Keisel made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and now has played in 140 games as a Steeler. During his 12 years Keisel has collected a total of 388 tackles,28 sacks,32 pass defenses,1 interception,6 forced fumbles ,9 recovered fumbles and a touchdown. Keisel has played in 3 Super Bowls and is a two-time Super Bowl Champion
Brett Keisel has embodied the “Steeler Way” since becoming a Steeler in 2002 playing with great passion , heart and a blue collier attitude. No player works harder . Brett Keisel is a true leader on and off the field contributing his time and effort to many charities and benefits . The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation and cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC are just a couple of the many he supports .
In 2011 Brett Keisel won the Walter Payton Man of the Year for his many charitable efforts. Keisel also host his annual Shear Da Beard event at the end of the season with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC.
Steeler Nation, no one knows for sure if this is Brett Keisel’s last game, but one thing we know for sure is Brett Keisel will always be considered a legendary Steeler for his passion for the game, hustling hard-working attitude and always giving 110% on and off the field.