2013 season ends as career best for Suisham

Kyle Shaner Sports Editor

January 2, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Greenville resident Shaun Suisham finished the 2013 season with the third best field goal percentage in the NFL and the best field goal percentage of his career.

Suisham made 30 of his 32 field goal attempts this season for a 93.8 percent success rate. He only trailed the Denver Broncos’ Matt Prater (25-26, 96.2) and the Seattle Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka (33-35, 94.3) in field goal percentage.

Suisham’s field goal percentage also was the best in his nine-year NFL career. His previous best was in 2010, his first season with the Steelers, when he made 14 of 15 attempts for a 93.3 percent success rate in seven games.

The Greenville resident’s field goal success rate for the 2013 season also was the best in Steelers history. He holds three of the top five seasons in field goal percentage in the history of the franchise.

Suisham’s only two misses this season came on Oct. 27 in a road game against the Oakland Raiders.

The 30 successful field goals this season also were a career high for Suisham and were tied for 10th most in the league.

Suisham made a season-long 48-yard field goal in a road game against the New York Jets on Oct. 13. Additionally, he made all 39 of his extra point attempts.

After bouncing around the NFL early in his career, including stops with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, Suisham has hit his stride in Pittsburgh with back-to-back seasons of making more than 90 percent of his field goal tries. In his four seasons with the Steelers, he has exceeded a 90 percent conversion rate three times.

While Suisham had a great season, the Steelers missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. The 8-8 Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs this year when the San Diego Chargers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime on Sunday.

This is the second consecutive season that the Steelers finished 8-8. They made the playoffs in Suisham’s first two seasons with the team, including a Super Bowl trip during the 2010 season, but have failed to match that success the past two years.

Suisham has one year left on his contract with the Steelers, which is a four-year deal that he signed in July 2011.