The Pittsburgh Steelers are a very enigmatic football team. Capable of beating anyone, yet also able to lose to any team in the NFL. After the team was bounced from the playoffs in embarrassing fashion in 2017, most fans thought the team would have received a much-needed slice of humble pie.
Apparently not, considering the team didn’t even make the postseason, being one of only 3 teams in NFL history to have a 7-2-1, or better, record and fail to make the playoffs.
Most would agree the team needs a reality check, but was the wasted talent of the 2018 season, and depressing ending, enough to get the job done? After the news of Antonio Browns’ antics leading up to Week 17 surfacing, most would suggest not, but linebacker Vince Williams embodies the attitude the team should have moving forward.
Williams, who vowed to stay off social media more in 2018, put the following on his verified Twitter account, and it couldn’t be more spot on.
Last year I was talking shit but man this year I really am embarrassing the hate. I deserve it we deserve it.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) January 1, 2019
It’s only one Super bowl champ tho every other team is a loser.— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) January 1, 2019
Going into 2019 humble af— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) January 1, 2019
Maybe it is the drama constantly surrounding the team. Maybe it is the underachieving nature of the team. Or maybe it is a combination of everything which has seemingly held this team back from being the Super Bowl contender fans know they are on a yearly basis.
Williams is a leader in the locker room, and maybe it is time for more teammates to follow his lead on many fronts. Take a step away from social media, work your tail off as if you were an UDFA, or 6th round pick like Williams, and enter 2019 with humility not known by a team with marquee names riddled throughout the roster.
Do this, and maybe the drama will go away. Maybe the underachieving will end. And maybe the team will not just reach the playoffs, but the Super Bowl.