Tampa WR Mike Evans Won’t Say Acrisure Stadium: ‘It’s Heinz Field to Me’
Pittsburgh Steelers fans aren’t supposed to love Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans.
But that might be a little difficult after they see this video.
Speaking with reporters ahead of the Buccaneers showdown against the Steelers this Sunday for Week 6, Evans dropped the goodies.
“Heinz Field is one of my favorite places that I [got] to play since I’ve been in the league,” Evans said. “[I] scored my first touchdown there, played against Troy Polamalu and James Harrison.”
Evans’ memory is spot on with this. The Buccaneers defeated the Steelers, 27-24, at Heinz Field on Sept. 28, 2014. It did indeed mark the first win of their two-win 2014 campaign. In that game, then-rookie Mike Evans caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, his first as a professional.
Doing it against the Steelers definitely felt special for Evans, a point made evident in this most recent interview.
“Troy Polamalu’s the nicest guy I ever met on the field,” he continued. “It was a great experience. That was one of our two wins that year. Hopefully we get another win come Sunday.”
Then, it happened.
Mike Evans says he’s not calling it Acrisure Stadium 🤝 pic.twitter.com/OYFdifT7CR
— Barstool Yinzers (@BarstoolBurgh) October 14, 2022
A reporter reminded Evans that saying “Heinz Field” doesn’t fly anymore. That’s not the stadium’s name. It’s Acrisure Stadium, sir.
Evans wasn’t having it.
“What’s it called?” he asked.
“Acrisure Stadium” the reporter replied.
“I’m always remembering it as Heinz Field, no disrespect. It’s Heinz Field to me,” Evans finished.
Hey, I’m no scientist, but my early calculations conclude Evans isn’t alone in this.
The Steelers fanbase –– and the city of Pittsburgh as a whole –– didn’t love the name change. “Heinz Field” housed so many positive memories for Steelers fans, and the name “Heinz” is synonymous with the Steel City. That’s not so much the case with “Acrisure Stadium.”
Clearly, Evans doesn’t think so either.
Join the club.