William Gay (cornerback)

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William Gay
William Gay Steelers.jpg
Training Camp 2007
No. 22 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-01) January 1, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Tallahassee, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Tallahassee (FL) Rickards
College: Louisville
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 170
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 436
Sacks: 5.0
INTs: 9
Pass deflections: 70
Stats at NFL.com

William Gay (born January 1, 1985[1]) is an American football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Louisville.

Gay has also played for the Arizona Cardinals.

Early years[edit]

Gay attended James S. Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida, where he played quarterback, wide receiver and safety for the Raiders. He racked up over 1,200 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He notched 1,035 yards and seven scores passing, 1,237 yards and 11 scores receiving and 82 tackles, 14 pass breakups and nine interceptions at defensive back as a senior when he was named team co-MVP and earned first team All-Big Bend Area honors.

Gay was also a standout in track & field. In 2002, he placed 8th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.61 seconds at the Capital City Classic.[2] At the FHSAA Region 3A he took 3rd in the long jump (7.07m or 23 feet, 2 inches) and 14th in the 400-meter dash (51.0 seconds).[3] He was also clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

Gay was rated as a three-star prospect by TheInsiders.com and was the nation's 67th-ranked cornerback. He was rated as a three-star prospect and was the nation's 46th-ranked cornerback by Rivals.com.

College career[edit]

Gay played college football at the University of Louisville where he played in 46 games recording 134 tackles. Gay is also somewhat notable for being offside as a defender on a field goal kick attempt in the final minute of Louisville's game against Rutgers in 2006. Although the kick was unsuccessful, a penalty was called against Louisville that provided the kicker with a second attempt. This one was successful. As a result, Louisville experienced their only loss of the season, effectively ending their bid for a National Championship game berth.[4]

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 187 lb 4.48 s 1.51 s 2.55 s 4.15 s 6.89 s 38.5 in 9 ft 10 in 16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Gay was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round (170th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his first preseason game he intercepted a Tyler Palko pass and tackled Saints first round draft pick Robert Meachem. In his rookie year he played in 16 games recording 19 tackles. In his second year, he saw more significant playing time after injuries to cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend. Gay contributed to the Steelers' stingy defense, which was the first in the league in pass defense and best total defense. Gay also contributes on special teams. After the loss of Bryant McFadden in 2009, Gay assumed the starting duties at cornerback for the 2009 season opposite Ike Taylor.[citation needed]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On March 25, 2012, Gay signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[5] Gay was released on March 1, 2013.

Second stint with Steelers[edit]

Gay re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 4, 2013.[6] In the 2014 season, Gay led the league in interceptions returned for a touchdown by intercepting 3 passes and returning all three for touchdowns. [7]

Jim Rome Show[edit]

Gay's cry of "Yeah!" that he made during the Steeler's Super Bowl XLIII victory parade, was edited into a popular Jim Rome Radio Show sound-bite on February 4, 2009. This made the previously famous "Triple-Yeah!" into a "Quad-Yeah!" featuring Mark Madsen (formerly an L.A. Laker), Joe Namath (during his drunken interview with Suzy Kolber), Howard Dean (the famous "Dean Scream"), and Gay's victory parade "Yeah!".

Personal Information[edit]

Gay's mother was a victim of domestic violence when he was 7 years old. Apparently, Gay and his siblings knew nothing about the domestic violence occurring in his home, but at the urging of other family members, and out of fear for her children, she left her boyfriend—the father of Gay's brother. While she was at a friend's house shortly after leaving, her boyfriend arrived at the friend's house and shot her three times. The boyfriend then went back to his car and killed himself. In an effort to keep them together his grandmother took the brothers in and raised them. He shared his story in a video for the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh in an attempt to spread the word on domestic violence.[8][9]


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