Jerome Bettis spoke about the Pittsburgh Steelers, Antonio Brown, Terrell Owens and coaching, giving insight to what’s happening in the locker room.
Super Bowl Media Day brought plenty of questions and answers, many of them revolving around the current state of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown. While players were asked what they’d bring on a deserted island, Super Bowl predictions, and favorite superheroes, serious questions also made their way to the podium.
One former Steeler, Jerome Bettis, spoke with FanSided about Antonio Brown’s headlines and what he takes from the superstar being mentored by Terrell Owens. Despite Owens’ off-the-field issues throughout his career, Bettis says it isn’t bad to have someone that talented helping you grow your game.
"“What you got to understand is that T.O. isn’t a bad guy. Antonio Brown is not a bad guy. Obviously, they did some things that you question and you shake your head at sometimes, but in terms of being a great receiver, T.O. was one of the best that ever played. So, I’m sure there’s a lot of things that he can learn from T.O. So, it’s not the worst thing in the world.”"
Bettis doesn’t credit all the chaos in Pittsburgh to Brown, though. Despite constantly making headlines in negative ways, Bettis says these issues stem from each level of the organization. From the Rooney family to Brown and his crew of mentors, everyone is responsible for the issues this team is having.
"“It’s going to be every level,” Bettis told FanSided. “From an ownership standout, you have to understand that every level has been complicit in the issue in Pittsburgh. From ownership, from head coach, to coaches and most importantly the players all have had a part in this. Everybody has to understand their part and what they need to do to rectify the situation. When everyone understands that you can start the healing process.”"
The Steelers need to figure out every problem that has stemmed throughout the years over this offseason. They have the talent to compete every year, but without the distractions leaving they’ll continue to fall short in their pursuit for Lombardi number seven.
Bettis joins the growing list of former Steelers to give their remarks on the issues in Pittsburgh. It’s becoming a bigger story than the Super Bowl, as everyone is wondering what direction this team will go moving forward.
As rumors continue to spiral and trade talks for Brown begin, headlines will constantly be flying. This team has a long offseason ahead of them and plenty of obstacles to situate before August. Expect more players to voice their concern about the team and bring light to a situation that still remains somewhat of a mystery.