Le’Veon Bell’s exit from the Pittsburgh Steelers after holding out the entire 2018 season was certainly a contentious one, but during his time in Pittsburgh, he was largely a well-liked and respected member of the Pittsburgh locker room.
Even this summer, with Bell a member of the New York Jets, he worked out with Steelers running backs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels, suggesting there is no hard feelings between the star running back and his former teammates.
But even amongst teammates, disagreements and alterations can be common. Former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier might be one of the most level-headed players to suit up in black and gold over the last decade, but he recalled one time that he and Bell nearly came to blows during practice, while appearing on The Ringer Podcast.
“There was a few times me and Le’Veon would butt heads,” Shazier said. “Le’Veon’s a cool dude, too, but we’d have periods in practice when the linebackers would go against the running backs.”
— Ringer Podcast Network (@ringerpodcasts) October 14, 2020
Shazier recalled a time when he was dominating Bell in a one-on-one drill on a day the team was practicing without pads. After being beaten twice, Bell decided to stiff arm Shazier, which is against the limited contact rules of the practice, drawing the ire of the usually cool linebacker.
“He was so mad at me because I made a good play that he came back and was like ‘Nah, let’s do that again’ and then I was right there the same time but he stiff-armed me,” Shazier recalled. “Then we almost got into a fight, me and Le’Veon, that quick. It’s like there’s rules to the game and you know the rules.”
But Shazier said the situation never escalated beyond that.
“We just chopped it up,” he said. “I was just like, man, Le’Veon got mad in this situation. All right, whatever. Let’s move on. It’s really hard to get me to want to fight you.”
SN’s Mike Asti on Sports Central: The Great Steelers Quarterback Debate
To follow up on Steelers Now’s poll question asking who fans feel is the greatest Steelers quarterback of all-time, Mike Asti appeared on “Sports Central” with Cory Giger to offer his thoughts on the debate. Mike and Cory went back and forth, comparing the careers of Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw, two great Steelers quarterbacks who played in two completely different eras.
“Sports Central” airs daily on WRTA 98.5 and 1240 AM.
Who’s the Greatest Quarterback in Steelers History?
Since it’s possible Ben Roethlisberger has played his last game as a Steeler, it’s only natural to start reflecting back on his legacy and determine how to put his career it in its proper perspective.
There’s no debate needed about if Roethlisberger will someday be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s a lock for Canton. But when you play for an historic franchise rich with success and legendary figures, being an NFL all-time great doesn’t necessarily guarantee you are also labeled the best at your position in the history of the team. While Roethlisberger has the clear edge in statistics, some older Pittsburgh fans will forever proclaim he’s only the second greatest quarterback in Steelers history.
Terry Bradshaw’s numbers don’t hold up well with elite quarterbacks of later generations, but he did lead the Black and Gold to 4 Super Bowl titles, earning Super Bowl MVP honors twice, which is something Roethlisberger failed to accomplish in either of his two championship seasons.
It’s obviously only a debate between two men, but who’s the greatest quarterback in Steelers history?
What’s Your Favorite Jerome Bettis Moment?
In keeping up with the theme of reflecting on some positive Steelers memories of the past, a Pro Football Hall of Famer mostly known for his tenure in Pittsburgh celebrated a birthday recently.
Jerome Bettis turned 49-years-old on February 16th. What’s your favorite memory of the NFL’s 8th all-time leading rusher? Is it one of his big monster runs? Is it when he powered over fellow Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher? Or is it simply when he put an exclamation point on his career by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in Bettis’ hometown of Detroit, Michigan.