The Pittsburgh Steelers got over one giant hurdle on Tuesday when the clock struck 4 p.m. ET, and it had nothing to do with a game on the football field.
It was all about Le’Veon Bell not showing up to work.
Him doing this meant he would not be eligible to play at all this season, and the Steelers can now move on from the drama which surrounded Bell, and cast a shroud over the players who play every week.
Finally, there is an end to the madness. Granted, it doesn’t mean there won’t still be questions asked, at least this week, but the team finally has some finality to the entire situation.
When Ben Roethlisberger met with media Wednesday, he was asked about Bell often, but one theme stood out among the others — the team won’t have to talk about it anymore.
Roethlisberger was asked about Bell walking away from $14.5 million dollars, and his answer shed some light on this thoughts on Bell’s decision(s).
“You know what the thing about it he is not here, he’s not going to be here, so we don’t talk about it. I texted him yesterday before the deadline saying I hope he is going to show up, and if he decided not to then I wish him the best. He was a great teammate here, a great football player. To each his own on what they want to walk away from.”
For those keeping score at home, Roethlisberger did state Bell did not return his text message plea.
After being asked if he would ever take a year off during his prime, Ben’s answer also spoke volumes.
“It would be tough. Part of the great thing of this sport is the band of brothers and the group of guys in here and being with them. It’s kind of what keeps me coming back after so many years, too. Like I said, to each his own. Each guy has their own motives and motivations. I can’t comment on him. I am glad that we don’t have to talk about him anymore though.”
The questions continued, and when Roethlisberger was asked about his emotions from how Bell’s ultimate decision.
“Like I said the good thing is we don’t have to talk about it anymore.”
As a captain of the team, you can only imagine this same sentiment is felt throughout the entire team, coaching staff and organization. It isn’t as if the Steelers, and Roethlisberger, didn’t want Bell on the team this season, but how the saga just needed to be over.
Now the team can focus on football, and in particular the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11.
To see Roethlisberger’s full interview, see the video below:
Ben Roethlisberger discusses the Jaguars' defense, and the depth at running back behind James Conner. pic.twitter.com/vBCyYWeUZv— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 14, 2018