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When selecting an unsung hero, there are several criteria that come into play. Here’s a look at how the Pittsburgh Steelers were evaluated for this article:
Is the player/coach a star?
If the answer is yes, then they cannot really be an unsung hero. For example, Heath Miller’s contributions on offense are well known. He’s one of the heroes of the season to be sure, but not one of the unsung variety. A player who gets little press for his work is a prime candidate.
Has the player/coach impacted a game positively with his play/coaching?
This is the easiest to evaluate. Games and seasons turn on small things most of the time. A key tackle or interception on defense or a good run on offense can be the difference between a victory and a loss. Anyone who’s put one of these moments together is a candidate.
Has the player/coach gone beyond his perceived talent level or expectations this season?
Career backups who suddenly become stars, older players who were thought to be washed up that mysteriously have a career year and rookies or young players who step up in a big way are all great candidates because they are never the heroes you expect.