Younger members of Steelers Nation might not be aware that the Pittsburgh Steelers once had a fierce rivalry with a team called the Browns based in Cleveland. Sadly, when it was announced on November 6, 1995, the team would be moving to Baltimore, football effectively died in Cleveland.
Granted an expansion franchise by the NFL in 1999, the modern-day version of the “Browns” bears little resemblance to the team that once resided in the city. While efforts to renew the rivalry the original Browns organization used to enjoy with the Steelers have generally fallen flat, that hasn’t stopped this new Cleveland team from trying. On Wednesday, the flagging franchise which has lost 33 of their 39 games played against Pittsburgh tried to spice up the offseason by taking another little jab at the Steelers with a post on social media.
In a short video that copies the opening credits of the once-popular TV show “The Office”, several of the Browns’ players display their limited acting skills to the world. Many of the faces included in the video will be a mystery to both Browns and Steelers fans alike, given the rotating-door policy Cleveland employs with its roster each year, but the final name to feature does ring some bells.
One of the few Cleveland players Pittsburgh fans might have heard of, defensive end Myles Garrett, finishes the video by passing a photograph of Ben Roethlisberger through a paper shredder. This might be the closest Garrett has ever come to laying a hand on the Steelers’ star quarterback in real life.
Some within Steelers Nation will remember Garrett as an over-hyped defensive end coming out of Texas A&M taken with the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. Others might remember him as the man who has spent the last year or so talking about how much he wants to sack Roethlisberger.