Steeler Nation is a global commodity. You’ll see Steelers attire and memorabilia just about where ever you go. It’s a pretty special thing. So, it’s no surprise that Steeler fans exist in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s no surprise that Steeler fans may want to attend another team’s camp in order to see and possibly meet some men who formerly wore the Black & Gold. And like a true Steeler fan, why not just wear your jersey in ‘enemy territory?’ But would a real citizen of Steeler Nation change their colors when threatened?
On Monday, Zach Simmons (a supposed Steelers fan) arrived at the Indianapolis Colts‘ training camp in a James Harrison jersey. A nice statement if you ask me. Show up in hostile territory with a linebacker’s jersey who’s been known to ‘take out’ young QB’s. Get the message Andrew Luck? But his intentions aren’t exactly the same as the rest of us might think. Mr. Simmons wore that Harrison jersey to garner some attention, but not to intimidate or turn some heads of the offense like Luck. Mr. Simmons wore that jersey to get the attention of former Steelers personel Bruce Arians and Mwelde Moore. Ok, that’s cool… I guess. MeMo’s a nice guy and was fun to watch when he was on the field as a Pittsburgh Steeler. And, I guess a meeting with Arians could be fun. Though, I think I’d be more like, ‘Hey, so what’s it like to be on a team that’s at least 5 years from getting back to the Super Bowl?’ Turns out that Simmons did get attention, but from the wrong pair. Former Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski recognized the #92 and went and whined to his
daddy coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano approached Simmons with an Andrew Luck jersey and gave him an ultimatum – put on the Luck jersey or get kicked out.
Now this is where Simmons receives a huge wag of a finger from me. Simmons had a choice – show your true Steeler pride and say ‘no deal’ and walk from the field, or take off the Harrison jersey and wear another team’s colors to see (in my strong opinion) two washed up former Steelers. Simmons decided to cave and wore the Luck jersey. He caved. Simmons struck a deal with Pagano and was able to me his two… idols?… in exchange for the jersey swap. :slow applause:
Was Simmons’ move a bad one? Yins better believe it. Did he turn his back on the Black & Gold? I pretty much feel so. Should Simmons eternally hope that he’ll never ever run into James Harrison? If he wants to have a long and fruitful life he won’t.
Not to get on my high horse and ride it all the way to Indy, but I would never ever ever ever ever change my colors. Never. I live in Cheesehead’ville and get crap anytime I wear my Steelers gear – before that Super Bowl loss and even more after. But, I always wear my Black & Gold with pride. I can’t believe this dude took his jersey off – for any reason. And why did he do it? To meet Bruce Arians? Really?! I guess I really shouldn’t be surprised. If he’s dumb enough to like Arians, he’s dumb enough to do this.