It came on the first play of OT in the first round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs. Pittsburgh vs. Denver. The score tied 23-23. Tim Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas going across the middle for an 80-yard touchdown.
Ryan Mundy (#29) was the safety at the end of that play who laid a finger on Demaryius Thomas as he crossed the goal line.
The replay was shown 1,000+ times on ESPN and other networks. It was seemingly Tim Tebow’s coronation into the NFL Hall of Fame.
For Mundy, it was the play that ended their season. Now he looks to move on.
“We saw the play. It was just a good play call by them,” Mundy said. “We were in the correct defense, everybody was in the correct spot, they just executed better than we did on that play. To end our season like that, that was disappointing but everybody’s making a big deal about us opening back up in Denver, but we’re excited to open the season up anyway.”
The Steelers will begin the regular season in Denver on September 9, right where they left off. Will Mundy and the Steelers treat the game like it is bigger than others?
“This is the 2012 season. This is a fresh start for us, and another opportunity for us to pursue a Super Bowl. But it is a little bit ironic to start back in Denver, so we’ll just go out there and hopefully make the most of it.”
So far in training camp, Mundy has looked like he is in great shape and has shown no hangover from the Denver game. The Steelers are perennially in the Super Bowl discussion, and this season is no different. Last season, Mundy recorded a career high in tackles and had his first interception. His role on the team should increase this season.