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Steelers Cameron Heyward bristles Ben Roethlisberger's claim that the young Steelers are "embraced"

Ben Roethlisberger has become a complete old man in the younger generation of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cam Hayward isn’t here for it.

Pittsburgh’s all-pro-defensive end and long-time captain Hayward was angry at a recent comment from his previous quarterback that the younger generation of Steelers was “embraced.” Roethlisberger quoted the popular Bugaboo “Social Media” and “NIL” in his critique.

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Heyward has spent some of his latest “Not Just Football” podcast in replying.

“They rubbed me the wrong way,” Hayward said of Roethlisberger’s comment. “I’m a little indignant …. It looks like I’m seen as a selfish player, but I don’t think that’s the point. I think there are a lot of young players from different backgrounds. I and others. I’m sure there are people who have experienced something different from what someone else has experienced.

“It doesn’t make them selfish or private …. Much more people think you’re a team-first person than private attitude. I’m hungry for it. I set up. “

Cam Heyward, please give a word to Ben Roethlisberger. (AP Photo / Gene J.Puskar)

What Roethlisberger said

So what did Roethlisberger say he pulled Hayward apart? In other words, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week that things got better back in his time and children these days are too selfish and easy. To be more precise, what he said is:

“Maybe it was because I was spoiled when I came in,” Roethlisberger said. It was all about the team.

“Well, that’s me and this, that and other things. I might be standing a little in the soap box, but that’s my biggest takeaway from start to finish. It’s from Team First to me. Attitude changed to type. It was hard. It was hard for these young guys. Social media. They are very well treated in college.

“Now this incredible new NIL thing. They are treated very specially. They are spoiled at a young age because college coaches also need them to win. I coach I know [Terry] Hoeppner never spoiled me [at Miami of Ohio]..Did neither [Bill] Cower. “

Roethlisberger, who commented on youthful shortcomings, shows at best a dull lack of self-awareness. His own track record as a young player and leader, whether claimed or not, does not put him at the strongest heights. Hayward didn’t deal with the weirdest headlines from the early days of the Roethlisberger NFL. But he still called him.

“Isn’t this game fun?” Hayward continued. “When did you say that this is just a business and you don’t enjoy what you’re doing? Have fun.

“Ben says I think Ben also forgot that he was a young man. Ben used to do a lot of things. Obviously he didn’t have social media at the time. , Ben was having fun as a young man. “

This is a new era. For the first time since Roethlisberger’s rookie season in 2004, Pittsburgh will start the season with a new quarterback (Mitch Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett) on the depth chart. Hayward intended to stick when his young teammates entered the training camp. He is the 11th year veteran of the Steelers, who has been the captain since 2015. This is his team.

“When you have a young man, I think it’s up to leadership to step up,” Hayward said. “I also include myself. I’m responsible for those guys. Obviously we didn’t have a Super Bowl for a long time, and maybe it was Ben” man, those guys It’s a place like “If you grow up”. But it’s up to older men to step up and make men accountable. [NIL]That’s not right.

“Everyone wants to be the winner of the Super Bowl. Everyone wants to make money and one day become an MVP. But when everything comes together, this logo is here.”