Thigpen fakes Ravens, but can't fool mom Steeler hands off to mother after TD

November 11, 1997|By Chuck Finder | Chuck Finder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PITTSBURGH -- On a night of rather offensive football, the offensive play of the night belonged to a wide receiver just trying to please his mom.

And she probably made a better move on the play than her son.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Yancey Thigpen, whose 130 yards on a half-dozen catches Sunday night nearly surpassed the Ravens' 136 on 15, registered the only score of a 37-0 Pittsburgh romp that wasn't a 1-yard plunge or a field goal. His nifty contribution was a 52-yard, fake-and-streak pattern down the left sideline in the third quarter.

Minnie Thigpen of Tarboro, N.C., broke for the Three Rivers Stadium first row halfway through that pattern, catching on maybe even before Ravens defender Eugene Daniel.

Now we know where the former Pro Bowl receiver gets his speed.

"I'm looking for her to come down, and she was already there," said the son, who proceeded directly from the end zone to the stands behind the Steelers' bench. "She must've gone down there while the ball was in the air.

"I always promised that I would give her a ball. I felt as though I was going to score tonight. This time, I was focused."

Something about the Ravens brings out the focus in the six-year veteran. He caught seven passes for 162 yards in their meeting last month -- his first 100-yard game since his Pro Bowl season of 1995.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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