Trouble in Steeler Nation

Madison DeMarino '21, Staff Writer

As summer comes to a close and a new school year begins, so does a new NFL season. After the disappointing playoff miss last year, fans are hopeful for a longer season this time around. Over the offseason, the Steelers traded two of the best players on the team, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Though both superstars, they brought more drama to the team than playoff wins. Bell was traded to the Jets and Brown was traded to the Raiders. After the trade, Brown continued to act out, complaining about which helmet he could wear and getting frost bite on his feet from Cryotherapy. He stopped showing up to camp and John Gruden, his coach, had enough. Antonio Brown was cut after getting in the face of the general manager. Shortly after he was picked up by the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots. After one game, rape allegations from a former trainer came out against Brown. He denied the allegations but this was the last straw and the Patriots dropped Brown. As of now, he has not been picked up by another team and released a statement saying he will not play for the NFL again. After all this drama, the Steelers fans are rejoicing that Brown is no longer on their team. Now that both attention seeking players are gone, the Steelers were set in line to have a successful season.

The first game of the season was played against the New England Patriots, the best team in the league. The Steelers did not play well and got annihilated by the Pats, losing 33-3. The loss was a disappointing start but the fans held hope for the home opener the following Sunday. During the game, Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback, left with an elbow injury. He had to get season ending surgery which was a real blow to the offense. The Steelers, led by the backup Mason Rudolph, continued to fight against the Seahawks, but lost in the last minutes 28-26. After two losses, the Steelers needed a week 3 win against the San Francisco 49ers but ended up losing 24-20. The Steelers have had a rough start this year, but hope to come back from 0-3 is still present with the die-hard Pittsburgh fans.