Game Day Notebook:

Shaun Suisham (LeClaire/USPRESSWIRE)

Shaun Suisham at the top; Jason Worilds getting there; Nate Washington looks back. Game Day Notebook:

Anyone remember Daniel Hrapmann?

Fewer will admit to wanting to keep the rookie kicker after Shaun Suisham made all three of his field-goal attempts last week, including the game-winner at the gun, to win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

Hrapmann may have made all six of his attempts in preseason but Suisham has now made all eight of his field-goal attempts this season. Combined with his five successful kicks last season in the playoff loss in Denver and the regular-season finale in Cleveland, Suisham has made 13 in a row. His last miss was a 45-yarder in the second quarter of the regular-season finale at Cleveland.

It's Suisham's second such award. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week while playing for the Washington Redskins in Week 9 of the 2007 season.

Suisham is now the Steelers' all-time most accurate kicker. In regular-season games, Suisham has made 45 of 54 kicks, or 83.3 percent, which tops previous leader Norm Johnson's 82.7 percent.

NOT ALL-WORILDS … YET

The critics who lamented the draft-day passover of Sean Lee for Jason Worilds like to compare Lee to Jack Ham and Worilds to former Steelers outside linebacker Alonzo Jackson.

Worilds and Jackson were both second-round picks, but Jackson lasted only three years in the league and finished with 24 career tackles without a sack or turnover.

Worilds, four games into his third season, already has 48 tackles, 7 sacks and 1 forced fumble.

Worilds may not be playing as well as Lee is for the Cowboys, but 7 sacks in 2¼ seasons falls in line favorably with James Harrison (0), Jason Gildon (5) and Greg Lloyd (8½) at the same points in their careers.

The replacement for LaMarr Woodley at left outside linebacker last Sunday had a sack, another tackle-for-loss, another quarterback hit, 3 solo tackles, and a pass-defensed against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I thought he played well," said Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. "Jason played pretty well last year. He grew tremendously. He missed so much football with that injury, and that's nobody's fault. It's just the way it is. I thought that he looked closer to what he was last year last week. Again, some of those young guys we're looking to grow and to continue to contribute. I thought Jason played a good football game last week."

NATE THE GREAT

Titans starting wide receiver Nate Washington was another in a long line of undrafted rookies to make the Steelers roster coming out of college.

The Steelers signed Washington out of Tiffin College in 2005 and he made the team and became their slot receiver from 2006 to 2008. With the Steelers, Washington caught 104 passes for 1,705 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He left for Tennessee as a free agent in 2009 and – counting his 14 catches for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns this season – has caught 107 passes for 2,553 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Here's what Washington had to say about his days with the Steelers:

"There wouldn't have been a tomorrow if they didn't give me a shot then and there. I am very grateful to the Rooneys. They are very in touch with their team. They do everything they can to have hands in the organization. It's a very positive thing to be around there. Even my work ethic, when it comes to doing everything I can on the field, definitely comes from the black and gold background."

He said his first mentor was another undrafted player, Willie Parker, who impressed upon Washington that "the sky was the limit" even for undrafted rookies in Pittsburgh.

"Jerome Bettis was always in my ear," Washington added. "He preached to me about being a young guy and to never take this league for granted and to make sure I gave everything I had.

"That organization alone was a really big influence on my career."

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