There’s an old saying that reads it’s “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt” that is commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln.
Maybe former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should’ve taken that advice. Roethlisberger, a surefire Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee when the time comes, made some controversial comments recently about the state of the NFL.
“I feel like the game has changed. I feel like the people have changed in a sense. Maybe it’s because I got spoiled when I came in. The team was so important. It was all about the team. Now, it’s about me and this, that and the other.”
That’s a pretty harsh commentary from someone who has only been out of the league one year and hasn’t done much winning as of late. And former Steelers team Cameron Heyward, a three-time Pro Bowler and team captain, didn’t like what Roethlisberger had to say.
On his pod, Cam Heyward rebutted Ben Roethlisberger’s comments on an influx of “me-first” players
“when it all comes together, we care about one thing, this logo right here. … I've always tried to extend that to my younger teammates. I think Ben was a little out on that one." pic.twitter.com/2QtMr6C6f7
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) July 27, 2022
Heyward was sure to state that he wasn’t calling out Roethlisberger, though he would be validated that he decaided to do so.
“I’ll protect my team. I will make sure that everybody knows that we only care about football on the field and less about off the field,” he said.
Heyward is unquestionably a leader of the current Steelers’ team. He’s helped first-round pick Kenny Pickett adapt to life with the organization. Even going so far as to give Pickett a hilarious new nickname.
Pittsburgh still doesn’t know its starting quarterback for the coming season, but whoever it is will likely have more of the locker room on his side than Roethlisberger.
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