I’ve been meaning to write an article about the kinda funny yet also somewhat disheartening death of the “Steeler Way.” While I’m am a Patriots fan and making Pittsburgh our bitch for 12 out of the past 15 meetings gives me endless ammunition for my shit-posting, I’ve always respected them as competitors. I respected players like Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward to an insane degree; they’d put their head down, and play at pro-bowl levels season after season without ruffling any feathers. But the “Steeler Way” of building from within and finding ways to bring in players who fit the system, and then using that system to build a champion, and how no one is above the team is all so dead now that even Mel Brooks wouldn’t go near it. (subtle and obscure if you get the joke @me on twitter and I’ll give you a discount to the store)
But this Harrison situation is a case and point of how and why it’s dead. (Quick side-note what is up with players going to the Patriots and then there being drama surrounding their former team *ahem* Martellus Bennett *ahem*) Pittsburgh players are now coming out to speak ill of the new Patriot.
During a weekly radio spot on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, linebacker Bud Dupree said that “Harrison would leave the stadium as soon as he found out he was inactive the past four or five weeks, often didn’t practice or attend meetings and rarely would come in the locker room. Wouldn’t visit Ryan Shazier in hospital, either.”
Center Maurkice Pouncey was quoted in saying “He erased himself, He erased his own legacy here. Let’s be serious. … I would think so, as a fan. crazy. It blows my mind. He wanted that, It wasn’t like the team said, ‘We’re going to let go of James Harrison. James Harrison wanted that. … Yeah, it’s funny to read the stories like, it’s something that he wanted to do, you know what I’m saying? It’s not like they got together and said, ‘Oh, we’re going to go cut James.’ No, that’s not what happened. And he needs to come out and admit that. It ain’t no problem. … We don’t care. Bye. Have fun.”
Thus brings me to my point, several things the “Steeler Way” supposedly stands for is being thrown out the window by players. Publically trashing a former teammate is never a good look, mix in some class Pitt, come on.
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