(Eds: With AP Photos.) By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer Cortez Allen turned to his right and saw nobody in green within 30 yards of him. He decided to ease off the gas and enjoy the moment.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback reached the Green Bay 10, his sprint had turned to a jog. When he crossed the goal line at the end of his 40-yard interception return for a touchdown in last week's 38-31 win over the Packers, he was practically walking.
Allen wasn't showboating, exactly. That's not really his style. Instead, his stroll into the end zone was a chance to savor a moment he's not sure would ever arrive in the midst of a season in which nothing has gone according to plan for Allen or his team.
Slated as a starter at the beginning of training camp, Allen found himself sidelined with a lingering knee injury then eventually demoted in favor of William Gay because of inconsistent play. He's resurrected his season - and perhaps his career - over the last two months, capped by his...