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Le’Veon Bell’s rapping, or whatever else he does away from football, shouldn’t matter

What's Head Coach Mike Tomlin always saying about elevator music? As it pertains to Le'Veon Bell and his latest rap song, that's all it is to me. As long as he keeps being one of the best running backs in the business, Bell can release as many horrible rap songs as he likes.

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Remember that one Friends episode titled, “The One With All the Rugby?”

One of the secondary stories involves Monica trying to figure out what this one wall-switch in her apartment controls. An obsessive character, Monica goes to great lengths to find out what the switch operates. At one point, she asks Joey, “How can you not care what this switch does?” Joey says, “Like this,” while shrugging his shoulders.

As it pertains to most things Steelers-related that don’t actually have anything to do with playing football, I kind of shrug my shoulders in that same not-caring fashion.

I feel this way now because Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers’ superstar running back who’s been looking for what he deems to be acceptable compensation for the past two offseasons, released his latest rap song recently. The song paints him as a “Target” (see what I did there?) for those criticizing his salary demands.

As you might gather at this point in the article, I really don’t give a darn if Bell raps or what he raps about.

It doesn’t shape my opinion of him one way or another.

Does Bell suck as a rapper? You better believe he does. However, he doesn’t suck as a running back. In fact, he’s maybe the best one in the business and certainly one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the NFL at this very moment.

That’s all I care about.

Do I care about Bell's salary demands or that he’s already being compensated above and beyond what the second-highest-paid running back earns?

I care about his demands because I want him to reach an agreement with the Steelers and stick around for a few more years. As for the fact that he’s being compensated far better than any other running back in the NFL? I don’t really give a darn.

If Bell wants to release a rap song that lashes out at his critics, go right ahead. I mean, unless he’s including full names of those bashing him, I don’t see why anyone would take it personally.

For one thing, the guy kind of has a point. Let’s face it, people have had a problem with Bell’s salary demands since he started making them. Like I assume Bell does, I read social media. I read blogs. I read articles. I listen to sports talk radio.

A lot of Steelers fans have a huge problem with the kind of money Bell is asking for.

For another thing, Bell released a rap song, so why wouldn’t it be controversial? Why wouldn’t he lash out at his critics?

How many rappers do you know? How many of them are not controversial?

I’ll tell you how many, one, and his name is Will Smith.

Back to Bell and his horrible rapping.

Aside from the part where he doesn’t have much talent, why do you care that he does it?

Terry Bradshaw made country music and released country albums all throughout his legendary Steelers career. He starred in movies and I believe he was even in a sitcom.

Anyway, most of what Bradshaw did in those aforementioned entertainment genres kind of sucked, but aside from that, it didn’t affect his ability to excel on the football field one little bit.

The reason old Brad had the opportunities to create this “art” was because of his football status. Same holds true for Bell.

Alejandro Villanueva, former Army Ranger and war hero, is a great story. But if he hadn’t gone from an NFL long-shot to a Pro Bowl left tackle, there would be no story. Instead, Big Al would perhaps be one of those veterans who received a standing ovation at halftime of some NFL game in some NFL stadium.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a heart-warming story as much as the next person, but as it pertains to NFL players, I enjoy what they do on the football field more than anything else.

If a player wants $20 zillion per year, good luck with that. If he rescues a bunch of drowning puppies, I will certainly appreciate it.

If he raps or sings the blues, I’m probably not going to listen to it.

But no matter what he does away from the field (legally), I’m not going to have much of a problem with it.

I don’t subscribe to the theory that football players should be seen and not heard, that they should hand the football back to the referee right after scoring a touchdown, that they should protest things in their living rooms where nobody can see them.

Just play hard once that whistle blows, and be awesome while you’re at it.

And if you’re not awesome, at least don’t suck.

Everything else you do with your life, like Joey in that one episode of Friends, I just shrug my shoulders.

I care about Le'Veon Bell's running, not his rapping.