PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ike Taylor stuck his hands out and reached for the ball.
Normally, it leads to an incompletion — and more than a little frustration for the Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback.
This time, it led to a touchdown.
Taylor's 50-yard interception return for a score highlighted Pittsburgh's 26-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, a play Taylor insists won't be an anomaly in his 10th season.
"I've been working on my hands," Taylor said.
He didn't really have a choice.
Taylor has been a fixture in the Steelers secondary over the last decade, his physical style of play making him one of the most intimidating — not to mention durable — cornerbacks in the league. Despite missing only three games in nine seasons, Taylor has just 13 career interceptions, the main reason he believes he's is still searching for his first Pro Bowl selection.
It's the only significant hole in a resume that includes a pair of Super Bowl rings, one Taylor would love to finally fill while serving as the anchor on a defense that expects to be one of the best in the NFL yet again.
"Yeah, you want to be recognized," Taylor said. "Really, though, all I can do is what I can do."
And what Taylor thinks he can do — finally — is hold onto the ball. His inability to come up with even the easiest of interceptions has become somewhat of a running joke in the locker room, where Taylor's teammates good-naturedly feigned surprise after just the second pick six of his career.