- Team News
- Media Center
- Game Day Grub
- Steelers Merchandise
- Steelers Tickets
- Steelers Digest
Words That Shocked The World: How Emmanuel Sanders Comments May Come Back To Haunt Him
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…
Actions speak louder than words…
Don’t shit where you eat…
Pick any of those adages. Any at all. Or better yet, pick any number of the thousands of others that all say the same thing. ANY would be better than doing what Emmanuel Sanders did to Pittsburgh, the Steelers, and most effectively, Ben Roethlisberger.
“It wasn’t meant as disrespect for anyone. I’ve got so much love for everybody over there in Pittsburgh, and they know it — they know me. I didn’t mean any harm.”
This is what Sanders, who spent 4 years in Pittsburgh, had to say about his cowardly statement he made towards his former quarterback in the weeks since training camp started.
“I feel like Peyton is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders said. “This is the first time that I’ve had a quarterback that every single day after practice — no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring — he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice. … He’s not one of those guys you’ve got to chase down. He’s going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that’s a difference from a mental standpoint.”
How cowardly do you have to be? I’ll say this, he’s get some balls.
I’ve never been a big fan of bad mouthing my teammates. I’ll be the first one to pipe up and tell someone what they’re doing wrong or how they’re hurting the team. But I’d rather take a more direct approach and say it to their face. After all it’s between the two of us, not hundreds of others around the world. If nothing else we’ll share a very candid and possibly foul mouthed phone conversation to iron everything out. I sure as hell won’t go running to another team and cry to the first person that will listen. Which in most cases is the media.
Basically you’ve just called a two-time Super Bowl winning, champion of the game a premadonna. I’m not saying all that to make Ben sound like he’s a god among men or the rest of football. What I AM saying is that among all that pressure of trying to live up to a repeat performance (that we frankly are salivating profusely), number 7 has the added pressures of recently getting married, having two practically new born children, and starting a grounded life in Pittsburgh. Let’s not forget all the past drama he’s had to endure. And among all that he’s held his composure and done everything possible to make it all about football and his teammates. All day, every day.
I’ve got some pretty heartbreaking news for you Emmanuel. In Denver’s eyes, you are a rookie. In that system, in that offense, and under John Fox, you’re as green as they come. The main reason Peyton keeps you and other rookies after practice isn’t because he’s so humble or he has a special place in his heart for you. And it surely isn’t due to your uncanny receiving talent. It’s because he wants to make sure you can catch. Make sure you can help the team win. To make sure YOU don’t make HIM look bad. Football mentality? Yeah. I’m sure that’s EXACTLY what it is.