The Cleveland-Pittsburgh Monday Night Football matchup is off to a bizarre start.
After the Steelers started the game with a pick-six just nine seconds into the first quarter, their kick returner, Gunner Olszewsky made a mind-boggling mistake on a kickoff after a Cleveland field goal.
While attempting to catch the ball close to the sidelines, Olszewsky tried to inexplicably toe-tap on the sideline instead of allowing the ball to go out of bounds. If Olszewsky would have chosen to let the ball go out of play, the Steelers would have been awarded the ball at the 40-yard-line.
Instead, his gaffe backed Pittsburgh up at their own 9-yard-line.
Check this out:
Gunner Olszewski doing this is as boneheaded as shooting at your own basket in the NBA— Ben Cary (@Ben_Cary_) September 19, 2023
NFL fans absolutely roasted Olszewsky.
Gunner should never see the field again— Tone Digs (@ToneDigz) September 19, 2023
It’s hard to explain to someone that doesn’t really watch football how outrageously stupid this play from Gunner Olszewsky really is pic.twitter.com/afBhYxoHxG— Justin Macmahan (@JustinMacmahan) September 19, 2023
I’m at a loss. A complete loss. I said this during the Patriots game last year. You have one GD job, Gunner. And you were an All-Pro at this once. What in the holy hell are you doing?!?— Neal Coolong (@NealCoolong) September 19, 2023
Gunner Olszewski toe taps a kickoff return, netting the Steelers a -30 yards on the play.— Savage (@SavageSports_) September 19, 2023
The good news: Great toe-tapping skills from— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 19, 2023
The bad news: Receiving a kickoff is not the time you want to show those skills off. pic.twitter.com/Ayygvyeszx
Gunner. Thanks man. What an idiot— SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) September 19, 2023
Cut Gunner Immediately IMMEDIATELY— Drew Hannis (@DrewHannis) September 19, 2023
I was told the Steelers HAD to keep Gunner because of his high football IQ— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) September 19, 2023