In 2008, it took a season-ending injury at the hands of the Ravens to teach Rashard that there is such a thing as being too cocky as a running back in the NFL. But in 2009, he proved to have learned his lesson, because the moment he swiped the starting job away from Not-So-Fast Willie Parker in Week 4, he quickly reminded the Steelers brass why they drafted him in the first round the year before. He ran with a bruiser’s mentality, giving Steelers fans a good, hard look the type of back they’ve been waiting for since Jerome Bettis retired what seems like many moons ago. It wasn’t a record-breaking season by any means, but Mendenhall gave Pittsburgh enough of a glimpse of his potential to have them hoping for one soon.
~ Set career bests in yards (1,108), attempts (242), rushing touchdowns (7, 8 total), yards/attempt (4.6), yards/game (69.3), receptions (25), receiving yards (261), and total yards from scrimmage (1,369)