© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2001
Safety Lee Flowers on not getting respect: "Our goal right now is to be the top defense. We know Baltimore has a good defense. We know Tampa Bay has a good defense. But why not give us credit? We have a good defense. Please understand that."
Linebacker Joey Porter on stopping the Bucs' running game: "(Bucs fullback Mike) Alstott made a statement after seeing what Kansas City did to us that they had faith they could run the ball on us. Well, that was our whole mentality to make sure we stopped the run, and we did that."
Fullback Jon Witman on Pittsburgh's halfback option touchdown pass: "We knew they were a really aggressive defense and we caught them off guard once. That's what we worked on -- run the ball ... then catch them. That's what happened."
Flowers on the Steelers' AFC Central lead: "We have never been in this position where we control our own destiny. Now we need to jump on the bull, grab the bull by the horns and break his neck."
Quarterback Kordell Stewart on halfback option touchdown pass: "We knew it would work against them. We just hoped we'd call it at the right time, and we wound up calling it at the right time."