The Steelers are rolling and are currently the top seed in the AFC at 11-2 after their dramatic 39-38 victory on Sunday night. Sunday’s win came a week after their Monday night tight victory over the Bengals where they had to overcome the loss of their star linebacker Ryan Shazier. Many people, fans, and teammates were concerned after seeing him hurt his back badly, and have to be carted off the field.
“Things are looking up. Everything is looking positive right now,” said Steelers linebacker Vince Williams on Tiki And Tierney. “I just went and watched the Monday night game with him last night and we was just laughing and just watching the game and talking.”
Trying to continue playing a game after seeing one of your leaders go down has to be incredibly difficult.
“It was extremely heavy in the beginning to see Ryan like that in that type of position, it was pretty hard,” said Williams. “The next play just happened. You didn’t really have time to process it. We were so locked in. It was such a huge rivalry that you didn’t really have time to understand the magnitude of it. You just kind of went on. After the game, it kind of just sat on everybody. It was extremely heavy. You can feel the tension in the room. Everybody felt like it was a huge piece of us missing.”
Both Tiki and Tierney both sent their prayers to Shazier through Williams, which is so important to the spirits of Shazier.
“He needs it, he greatly appreciates it,” his teammate sad. “Ryan is one of those guys, he’s such a people person. That’s what made it so devastating what happened. If you knew anything about Ryan, if you ever hung out with him, he’s such a people person. He loved everybody. He’s really soaking it in. He’s really starting to get that love back. All the appreciation that he gave out, everyone reaching out to him, he really appreciates it.”
The Steelers get their biggest test on Sunday at 4:25pm when the 10-3 Patriots come to Pittsburgh. This is as good of a game as it gets in the NFL as they duke it out for that top seed with the defending champs.
“I can’t say we have been looking forward to it all season long, but you always want to play in five-star matchups,” Williams said. “You’re going against one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever live and one of the greatest tight ends that has ever play the game. Both of you have tremendous records and it’s going to be primetime. I don’t think there’s anything else you can look forward to in football besides the Super Bowl that could even compare to something like this.
Ben Roethlisberger has quietly returned to his old form lately, and he’s always been a leader for the Steelers. It’s all about the W in the end no matter how he plays.
“Ben is our leader. He came in with the confidence saying it doesn’t matter how we win,” said Williams. “We know that we have every key element that you need to have on a good team. All we need is W’s. Nothing else matters. He preaches that. We are really starting to buy in. Last game, the Ravens torched us on defense. They really tore us up on defense and he was like, did we get the W? Suck it up, because we won.”