Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 10/12/12

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, 2012

Thanks 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 surprisingly susceptible defense. Especially fans as loyal as Pittsburgh’s, who regularly travel all over the country, investing countless amounts of time, money, and energy to keep up with the club.
For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, the Steelers sure didn’t look the part against the Titans, an inferior opponent by all accounts. As such, they got a virtual earful from their supporters, which, despite Mendenhall’s definition, were completely justified.

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