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Bryant McFadden says Troy Polamalu gave him the game ball for his strip-sack on Brett Favre in 2005


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Being that the Steelers play the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, it got me thinking back to 2005 when the Steelers played the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 9. The game is most remembered for Bryant McFadden's strip-sack on Brett Favre that was recovered by Troy Polamalu and returned for a 77-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Steelers a 13-3 lead. The Steelers ultimately beat the Packers, 20-10.


We spoke with McFadden on the Renegade Blitz Podcast in August about the play and he said Polamalu gave him the game ball for his strip-sack on Favre. Polamalu told then-rookie McFadden that if it wasn't for his forced fumble that he wouldn't have had the chance to scoop the ball up and run 77 yards for a touchdown. Again, that just shows how selfless and humble Polamalu is. He was the ultimate teammate.


For the play itself, McFadden said he was super late on the cornerback blitz, but he still managed to get to Favre. McFadden also said it was a surreal feeling playing at Lambeau Field for the first time and having a strip-sack on one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, a player in which McFadden remembers playing with in the EA Sports Madden video games.


McFadden still has the game ball at his house to this day.


You can watch the play at the 1:30 mark in the line below. Also, current Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm is at left guard for the Packers on the play.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMe3QNlLUv8











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