By the time he worked his way to the press conference room in the bowels of FirstEnergy Stadium, Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was still pretty hot.
It’s hard to blame him. Rudolph had been attacked with his own helmet by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett on a play with eight seconds left in the game in a play that shocked and appalled observers from around football.
“It was bush league and a total coward move on his part,” Rudolph said. “It’s OK. I’ll take it. I’m not going to back down from anybody out there.”
Rudolph did not comment on whether Garrett would be suspended, and admitted that he played a role in continuing the incident by charging after Garrett after his helmet was pulled off.
“I felt like I had a bone to pick with him after what he did and I wasn’t going to, you know … I appreciate the line always having my back and putting it to bed, but I was angry,” Rudolph said.
As far as whether or not Garrett crossed a line, Rudolph was was sure.
“Maybe when he took my helmet off and used it as a weapon.”
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.