Originally written on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/20/14
The result of Thursday Night Football — a 26-23 loss to the Titans — stunned many (if not all) Steelers fans, including those who brought their Terrible Towels to the Music City.Understandably upset, some of Steeler Nation took to their social media platforms to vent about the team’s lackluster showing.That didn’t sit too well with running back Rashard Mendenhall, who fired back via Twitter, angrily distinguishing the line between fan and non-fan.Seriously, if you’re gonna talk trash about your team and everyone on it, don’t call yourself a fan. A fan is a supporter…— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) October 12, 2012Thanks for clarifying, Rashard.He didn’t say what caused his rebuttal, but Mendenhall was heavily criticized for a poor outing — six yards on six carries and an early exit due to injury.While it’s unfair to blame Mendenhall for hurting his Achilles’ tendon, an injury not believed to be serious, fans have every right to question the team’s plodding ground game and surpri
35 Comments:
  • Its time for mendenhall to move on. Another loud mouth football player who cant live up to his hype. Rashard!!!!!!!! Shut up and play ball...................
  • As a steeler FAN, I am concerned about our defense giving up the lead in the fourth quarter in our last two losses. We aren't old, LeBeau is just stale.
  • blame the way the steeler r playing on mike tomlin...ike taylor should not be playing sit his ass on the bench for a while and let him see some one else in his place...but tomlin needs to make that call ben roethlisbuger his having so far a great yr just need a running game and play much better defence
  • YES, BLAME ALOT OF IT ON SAD ASS IKE FAILOR (NOT TAYLOR). HE GETS BEATS AT LEAST 5 TIMES IN A GAME!(1)WHEN THEY RUN PASS HIM AND HE TURNS AROUND AND DOESN'T NO WHERE THEY ARE.(2) WHEN THEY GO HEAD TOO HEAD AND HE STILL CAN'T SEE THE DAMN BALL.(3) WHEN HE GETS BEAT IN A WIDE OPEN FIELD.(4) WHEN HE KNOWS THE OTHER PLAYER IS GOING TO CATCH THE BALL,WITHOUT A DOUBT! SO HE THEN GRABS THEIR ARMS OR PUSHES THEM CAUSE HE JUST GOT SERVED.(5) AND WHEN HE GETS A FLAG OR FLAGS (ALWAYS) HE RUNS TO THE SIDELINE CRYING AND TELLING TOMLIN IT WASN'T ME (SHAGGY DOESN'T SING THAT SONG ANYMORE YOU DIDN'T KNOW). WHEN THEY LET HIM GO,HE SHOULD OF STAYED GONE.. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE SAD ASS YOU BETTER ASK SOMEBODY. AND YES I'M A STEELER FAN BLACK AND GOLD INSIDE OUT.
  • YES, BLAME ALOT OF IT ON SAD ASS IKE FAILOR (NOT TAYLOR). HE GETS BEATS AT LEAST 5 TIMES IN A GAME!(1)WHEN THEY RUN PASS HIM AND HE TURNS AROUND AND DOESN'T NO WHERE THEY ARE.(2) WHEN THEY GO HEAD TOO HEAD AND HE STILL CAN'T SEE THE DAMN BALL.(3) WHEN HE GETS BEAT IN A WIDE OPEN FIELD.(4) WHEN HE KNOWS THE OTHER PLAYER IS GOING TO CATCH THE BALL,WITHOUT A DOUBT! SO HE THEN GRABS THEIR ARMS OR PUSHES THEM CAUSE HE JUST GOT SERVED.(5) AND WHEN HE GETS A FLAG OR FLAGS (ALWAYS) HE RUNS TO THE SIDELINE CRYING AND TELLING TOMLIN IT WASN'T ME (SHAGGY DOESN'T SING THAT SONG ANYMORE YOU DIDN'T KNOW). WHEN THEY LET HIM GO,HE SHOULD OF STAYED GONE.. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE SAD ASS YOU BETTER ASK SOMEBODY. AND YES I'M A STEELER FAN BLACK AND GOLD INSIDE OUT.
  • Mendy's right to a degree. Some fans can be terribly obnoxious when it comes to tweets and social networking. Who knows what this fan or fans said? Although we all have opinions and every right to express them, when someone is down and out, it is time to be supportive.
  • ur saying don't call myself a fan if i voice my displeasure with the teams performance? seriously? i've rooted for the steelers since you were still sucking your thumb mendenhall. and if i want to state that pitts performance thus far sucks then i will! put on your big girl panties and play football! remember it ain't all about you, this is a TEAM sport!
  • No, Rashard, a supporter is another name for a jock strap, not someone who blindly follows their favorite team. You, on the other hand, are a VERY highly paid athlete who should be able to focus on gaining yardage and not complaining about comments about your lack of production.
  • It's clear to me that football players are paid professionals, expecting to perform to the best of their abilty. When they do not they should get called out on it. Or should the fans be refunded their money after a lackluster effort. Or perhaps the player(s) who perform below standards be fired just like other real life professionals. If you go to a restaurant and get a bad meal, don't you send your food back. If a surgeon screws up an operation does he not get sued. The only recourse many fans have is to tweet or blog about it. I however feel it's the lack of a good secondary that is driving down the Steelers. Particularly when Troy Polamu is out. He is the cog that the defense is built around. So when he is out the defense needs to change and you can no longer leave those weak CB's on an island by themselves.

  • The fans have every right to boo. They paid for their ticket that helps to pay for players salary. Years ago when asked Rickey Jackson after a bad performance by the Saints was asked what he thought of the fans booing. His reply" Fans can do whatever they want to do, they paid for their ticket, if they want to boo they can boo".

    So soak it up, and if you play better you won't hear any boo birds calling you out.
  • Pitt fans do not travel well. They are already living in the host city. You can't be traveling if you already live there. I live in Vegas and this place is crowded with former Pittsburgh residents. Same goes for SD another city that I lived in. It really is Shittsburgh to them.
  • The reason there are a shitton of Steelers fans everywhere is because people like to be a front runner. There's thousands of people in every town in America who proclaim their love for the Steelers, but in reality they only love winning.
    Go Steeler/Yankees/Celtics!!!!!
  • Yeah I have a few female friends who are Pats fans. And they've never even been to the east coast.
  • As a Ravens fan I find it funny. You know,,,,,,sometimes you will just have a loosing season.
  • u should have not much to say being a ravens fan since u only have 1 superbowl win ever...........
  • the fans pay his wages, so STFU. what a baby waaaaaaaaaa
  • Is that what you told yourself when the Raiders won only 2 games in an entire year and the super bowl champion Steelers were one of the 2?
  • back in the 90s the steelers had a DB his nick name was toast because he always got burnt....and now taylor is the same.
  • You pays yer money and youse watch the game. Don't bitch and whine after the game is over. We are Steelers not wusses. (or Republicans)
  • Well, if you're a democrat, you're either in a union, a woman, gay, or a member of some other special interest group. I'm a republican...that means I'm the guy who pay taxes.

    Regarding Mendenhall, he's better off keeping his mouth shut and answering his critics on the field. I think he can be a contributor, but he's also the guy who probably fumbled away a Super Bowl victory.
  • Wow, largent, I didn't know I wasn't supposed to pay taxes as a straight, professional, non-union, white anglo-saxon Democrat. I should demand a refund so all you "real" Americans can just run the country the way you want. Jacka$s.
  • No one knew that there is such a thing as a straight, professional, non-union, white anglo-saxon Democrat. By the way the Steelers are not very good this year.
  • I'm a democrat. I'm a straight male, non union, and belong to no interest group. I'm a tax paying, home owning, college educated combat veteran. What happens to your logic now retard?
  • Ike Tayors sucks and had for several years. They need to get rid of him! He always gives up the big plays and touchdowns.
  • Telling your supporters that you aren't a fan if you boo or talk trash is like saying I'm not a patriot if I complain that my government is screwing up their job of running our nation.

    I'm not a mindless sycophant who cheers regardless of the players' effort or skill. It's expensive being a 'fan', and I'm okay with demanding my money's worth.

    IOW, shut up, Rashard.
  • A fan is someone who PAYS YOUR PHUCKING SALARY and has a RIGHT to express his displeasure when you DON'T DO YOUR PHUCKING JOB WORTH A DAMN. If YOU don't like that, go somewhere else and don't call YOURSELF a football player.
  • Rashard, I don't do social media but I've been watching and rooting for the Steelers before you were even a dream of yo daddy and momma. The fans have ever right to critical. Athletes are overpaid and given exceptions. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE CRITIZEM, QUIT AND GET A PAPER ROUTE. Team's play so far this year sucks (coaches, players, special teams and front office). The Steelers are and have been for the past few seasons victims of the 6 Ps (piss poor planning promotes poor performance). So my advise id SUCK IT UP and play football. Maybe spend less time on social media and MORE TIME ON PRACTICE. You only play like you practice (think about it).
  • I wonder who the Steelers are going to get to play on offensive line. They are dropping like flies.
  • Hey, Rashard, aren't you the guy who freely criticized your own team (read: country) for hating on Osama Bin Laden without getting to know the guy? Now you don't like people hating on you without really knowing all about you... maybe there's a connection there.
  • Mendenhall is another overpaid ,overrated player who should spend less time tweeting and more time playing football. Injury prone like Palamalou neither are helpful. The Steelers need to plan for their replacements via draft. Tomlin is clueless and has never been able to make the right adjustments during a game. The defense has been in decline over the last 2 years and now is exposed. Once a master defensive coach , now Lebeaux 's defense doesn't fool anyone. No one could mistake these Steelers with the Steelers of the 70's who played with broken fingers, and other injuries. No , today they are more committed to the next paycheck rather than the team or their craft.
  • The Steelers are not very good this year.
  • Steeler nation wants to see its players on the field #1, and its so called eleet players perform. If you are not doing either one you need to shut up and play or just get out of town which is the way you are heading. This team is just not good in any area and its Mike Tomlin era is starting to show.
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