Kicker Suisham intends to play for Steelers in 2016
During a speech to fellow newly-naturalized U.S. citizens Wednesday, Shaun Suisham noted he had been part of “in excess of 20” transactions over more than a decade in the NFL.
The Steelers kicker doesn't intend to be subjected to another in 2016.
“I have zero interest in giving my job away,” Suisham said Wednesday at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Wilkins.
Suisham still hasn't been cleared to kick as he recovers from a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee suffered during the preseason opener. In the interim, Chris Boswell — the Steelers' third try in finding a replacement for Suisham — impressed in 14 games (including playoffs) with the team.
Boswell made 29 of 32 field goals (coincidentally, Suisham went 29 for 32 in 2014), and being that he is nine years younger and is scheduled to make almost $2 million less than Suisham this season, he might have an advantage in the race for the gig in 2016.
But what does Suisham think?
“The first thing I need to do is get healthy — if I'm healthy, I think I will be in good position to get my old job back,” he said.
The Canadian-born Suisham repeatedly said he “loves” Pittsburgh and that he and his family consider it “home.” He has been with the Steelers since 2010 and in 2014 signed a contract that runs through the 2018 season.
“I'm working every day,” the 34-year-old said about his rehab. “I'm still not there (health-wise) yet. I don't have a timetable, but I will continue to work.
“I certainly have no intention of stopping what I have been doing in the NFL.”