Skip to comments.Steelers fan had heart attack after fumble
Posted on 01/17/2006 12:00:48 PM PST by Nexus
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Talk about a heart-stopping game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
Fifty-year-old Terry O'Neill of Pittsburgh says he was watching the game at a bar when he had a heart attack just seconds after Steelers player Jerome Bettis' fumble at the two-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The play allowed the Colts to have a renewed chance at winning the game.
O'Neill says Bettis is his hero, and he was upset with the idea the player might have ended his career with an error.
"I wasn't upset that the Steelers might lose," O'Neill told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I was upset because I didn't want to see him end his career like that. A guy like that deserves better. I guess it was a little too much for me to handle."
Doctors are planning to implant a pacemaker in O'Neill to help control an irregular heartbeat along with prescribing him medication to deal with hypertension.
When asked how he was feeling, O'Neill told the Tribune-Review: "The Steelers won the game and I'm still alive, so I guess I'm doing pretty good."
From now on, O'Neill says he will probably just take it easy and watch future games at home
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"Bettis is still my hero, but he did cause me to have a heart attack, so I have no choice but to sue him." [/not actually in the article]
Now THAT'S a FAN! : )
Now he knows how red sox fans used to feel.
"The Steelers won the game and I'm still alive, so I guess I'm doing pretty good."
Notice the Steelers winning comes before the being alive part, lol.
Lucky for him he wasn't a fan of Vanderjagt.
Looks like he and his team both survived the fumble.
as every year, cower will choke this weekend.
It reminds me of the SNL skit about a certain Northwestern team that rhymes with Bicago.
I've thrown pillows, food, even (non-breakable) plates, but a heart attack is taking it a little far.
He was one tackle away from becoming Bill Buckner.
If he is telling the truth, he needs to get a life. A heart attack over a game, what a loser.
it can happen, pong ;~ )
I did not have a dog in this fight, but after all the horrible officiating I was screaming like a idiot when Bettis fumbled and the Colts guy pick it up and ran. I couldn't believe that Pittsburgh might lose this game after overcoming what they had to overcome.
He has as many fans as big kicks he's made.
I recall a similar colar job against the Patriots a couple of years ago.
"Lucky for him he wasn't a fan of Vanderjagt."
aka Idiot Kicker.
Carl Wollarski: I had one.
Todd O'Conner: Had a couple.
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I'm still getting used to Midwestern-speak. Down South, It's "Satdy." : )
The awesome part of that play was that Rothlisberger ran backwards after handing the ball off to be in position in case of a disaster.
Kind of ironic...Cowher's solid coaching and fundamental play design saved himself from his own inevitable playoff coaching error.
Of course the refs tried in vain to get superstar peyton to the next round.
I told a friend of mine, that when the ref ducked under the cover to watch the interception replay, a shot of of Paul Tagliabue came on saying < bill lumberg voice >, "Ummmmmm, yeeeeaaaahhh...we reaallllly need for this NOT to be an interception, okay?"
LOL...I grew up in Western PA, but fled to Louisiana to escape the political corruption.
Isn't that like moving to Alaska to get away from the cold? : )
I was working and had the game on the radio, just wish I had a camera. I thought some of the kids I was working with would pass out, when they head this.
And we are in Detroit!!!!!
Amen and let's up so!!!
A DENVER DONKEY FAN!!
If you're coming from Siberia, yes.
It's true 'n'at! Ownoe why.
Martin, you seen 'em deers by the crick?
I puked in my mouth a little.
lay off the pretzels and beer!
Ah seen 'em deer dahn bah th' crick 'n'at, but ah wasn't askeered.
Running that play wasn't a coaching error, there was still lots of time on the clock and Indy had all their timeouts, going for the TD would have functionally ended the game by restoring the two score lead, kneeling would have resulted in a FG and giving Indy the ball back with about 1:00 and only 6 points behind. When in crunch time put the ball in the hands of your best player, and don't call passes or anything that might go out of bounds (make Indy call a timeout if you don't get the TD).
Thats arguable...With his track record if Harper makes the end zone and the Colts win it's bye bye Bill.
It's not arguable at all. They needed a second score to secure the win, remember the first play when the Steelers played the Colts in week 12, do you feel secure with a 6 point lead and 1 minute on the clock knowing the Colts can get a TD in 1 play?! It was the first time in two years Bettis lost a fumble, every possible stat leading up to that play indicated a TD would secure the victory and Bettis was the safest surest way to get the TD. That was the right call, in the playoffs you can't wait for victory to be handed to you, you must go get the win, that's what Cowher called and it was the right call, the kind of call SB winning coaches make. Kneeling and praying for time to run out knowing the other team can stop the clock 3 times is the kind of call perenial also rans make.
Sometimes bad things happen even when you make the right call, that's how sports work. A bad thing happened on that play, but it didn't make it the wrong call.
Proper strategy or not Cowher would have to sneak back to in P-Burg and clean out his house if that play loses the game.
Let's get down to brass tacks... did he go back to his pork rind hoagie after he was discharged?
Doubt it. We were 9.5 point underdogs, losing on the last play by 1 point wouldn't be much of a disgrace. Though sometimes the fans react entirely with emotion and lack of football knowledge, the Rooneys are smarter than that.
Don't touch 'em deers 'ey got dizeeze.
Don't be ridiculous.
"We"...You got a mouse in yer pocket?
Youins was heavy favorites at home during the last two knock outs.
Also, a FG is a riskier play for a snafu than an off-tackle run. Had he taken a knee three times and then had a FG blocked, everyone'd be crying how he didn't have the balls to try for a TD.
Joey Porter was so correct.
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