With six games left in the 2002 season the Pittsburgh Steelers signed kicker Jeff Reed, who would hit a game-winning 45-yard field in his pro debut.

After nine years in Pittsburgh the field gremlins of Heinz Field finally got the best of Reed; it was announced on Tuesday that Canadian-born Shaun Suisham will replace Reed as the Steelers’ kicker.

After missing a 26-yard chipshot against New England this past Sunday Reed said, “It doesn’t help that everything you read or hear on the radio is negative.” It seemed the voices of fans, media, and maybe even coaches were stuck in the veteran’s head. Kicking is like a golf swing. Once those voices start playing games in your head, your game in reality is going to suffer, hence the eventual mishaps that led to Reed’s erractic 2010 season.

The Steelers organization isn’t one to sit back

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