The Pittsburgh Steelers honored the inaugural class of their new Hall of Honor during the team’s Week-12 game vs. the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, and one of those legends had a very clear message to the current team before they took the field.
“Mean Joe” Greene had to be one of the top choices to be honored in this first Hall of Honor class, and the man who anchored the 1970s dynasty told Ray Fittipaldo of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette what he thought of the team prior to the prime-time game at Heinz Field.
“Cut out the bull[crap],” Greene said following a ceremony for the Steelers’ inaugural class of their Hall of Honor. “Be serious because it’s about the team. It’s not about individuals. It’s about team. I’m not specifically talking about the defense. I’m talking about everybody who contributes.
“We have a fantastic quarterback who in my view can do things no one else in the league can do. He can make the passes just like anyone else, or better. But none of them can stand in the pocket and take the heat that he takes and make the plays. He has the heart to play, but he has to believe in his team...that they feel the way he feels.
“Football is a hard game, very tough, and you have to love it. If you don’t you can’t give your very best, and you can’t play. You have to love it. A good example of the grit about the Steelers is the run that Jerome [Bettis] made against Chicago [Bears] in 2005. Every fiber of his body says Pittsburgh Steelers. If we do that, no one can stand in our way. But you have to believe in one another, not individuals.”
Strong words from a man who doesn’t need any introduction to the team, the city, the fan base or the organization. Whether the current players heed Greene’s advice moving forward has yet to be determined, but they would be wise to follow his advice to a ‘t’.