There will be many voids left by veterans at various positions for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, no where more evident than in the receiving corps.
After losing Hines Ward to retirement in 2012, the Steelers lost one of the great leaders in Steelers history. He was tough, dependable, and while the competition hated him, they would have loved to have him on their team.
Even without Ward, the group was supposed to be explosive, but instead they merely imploded. The expected departure of Mike Wallace in 2013, who wasn’t the poster boy for leadership in the first place, adds to the conundrum of who can be that guy for the Steelers receivers.
Antonio Brown, who received a contract extension over Wallace in 2012, is a prime candidate, and more importantly, he wants to be one.
“We have a lot of young guys,” Brown said, via Teresa Varley of steelers.com. “A lot of guys haven’t been around here for the history of this team. I want to make sure guys understand the importance of being here, the tradition and what is required from our peers, coaches and everybody inside this building.
You have to know the history of something if you are a part of it. You have to know where it started, where it came from and what it’s about. You know where you are with it now and where you want to go.
I can help teach guys about that and take that type of approach. Every man here has to understand the importance of what the Steelers logo stands for, the men that came before us and wore the jersey and we have to understand the importance of it, be humbled by it and work with that mentality.”