PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 23: Mewelde Moore #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs by Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers during the game on December 23 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Once a Steeler, always a Steeler...much to the dismay of your current employer.
Former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Colts head coach Chuck Pagano may be tired of seeing black and gold, but his move outside the AFC North won't spare him from the reach of Steeler Nation.
The Associated Press reported an incident in Colts' training camp Monday, where a 24-year-old Steelers fan, Zach Simmons, was seen by Colts (and former Ravens) S Tom Zbikowski wearing a Steelers jersey.
Zbikowski immediately tattled on the fan to Pagano, who brought him a jersey of Colts QB Andrew Luck and offered it to him in exchange for his continued presence at the practice session.
The report says Simmons, a native of Anderson, Ind., host of Colts training camp, wore a Steelers jersey in an effort to get the attention of Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and RB Mewelde Moore, both of whom were a part of the Steelers over the last few years before joining Pagano in Indianapolis.
Pagano seemed to play it more as a joke than anything. One can't blame him for not wanting to see a Steelers jersey - the Colts' Preseason Week 2 opponents - during his training camp.
"He (Zbikowski) saw it and said, `Look coach we got to do something about that,'" Pagano said. "I went over there. He's a huge (Bruce) Arians fan, obviously, and Mewelde Moore. So with a little bit of coaching and a brand new Andrew Luck jersey, I said, `Look, you've got to put this jersey on. If you do it, you get to stay, if not we've got to escort you out of here.'"
If nothing else, Simmons has something he can sell.
Overall, it seems like a good p.r. move for Pagano, and a humorous story with no real victim. It's just funny how Ravens can't let go of the rivalry, even when they aren't in Baltimore anymore.