Sides are being chosen, and the results are not a surprise. Those who remain in Pittsburgh are voicing support for Ben Roethlisberger, while those who no longer are Steelers have Antonio Brown’s back.
With the superstar wide receiver agreeing with Pittsburgh this week that a trade is best, signifying the likely end to his time with the Steelers, this was bound to happen.
Colts safety and former Steeler Mike Mitchell called Brown one of the best teammates he’s ever had.
“Model for work ethic discipline and consisntency,” he tweeted. “Is he flawed yes but aren’t we all.”
Former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley raved about the work ethic of Brown and Le’Veon Bell, the star running back who is also gone after his contract dispute led to becoming a free agent.
“AB is arguably the hardest worker I’ve ever been around,” Haley said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It comes through his competitive nature, desire. … You could never ask anything more of that guy. He wanted to do it all, all the time. What more could you ask for?”
On Bell, he said: “Le’Veon is a guy totally into football. He’d sit by my office before the team meeting in the morning with his iPad out, watching tape.”
Meanwhile, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert called Roethlisberger the “unquestioned leader” of the team — a team that has sided with Roethlisberger after the falling out between star receiver and star quarterback.
“He’s the elder statesmen and the Super Bowl winner,” Colbert told reporters Wednesday. “If our players were smart, they’d listen to him because he’s been there. He’s done it. He can tell them, ‘No guys, what you’re doing is or is not good enough to do this.’”