Steelers S Mike Mitchell sheds light on physicality of NFL

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

Coming off a contentious win Monday night in Cincinnati, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell Wednesday went on a profanity-laced rant for over four minutes on the state of National Football League on-field and off-field discipline. So let's not try to turn this into some evil, dirty game. Dammit, your quarterback shouldn't have thrown that ball messed up. To that, Mitchell said, "good for Troy". Because Andy throws a bad ball. It makes no sense.

"If you don't want to get into it don't come out here".

One game seems to be the barometer suspension for head shots, regardless of whether they occur during a play or after the whistle. It's still very confusing whether a hit was "legal" or not and it's hard for defenders to know whether they will be flagged for hits that might cross the line.

"This is a combat, contact sport", Mitchell said, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. We've just got to do better.

It's an issue that wasn't much of an issue, at least in conversation, until revelations over the physical toll football takes on players' bodies, especially their brains, has come to light in recent years. You can't. It's just the risk of playing football.

He saved his sharpest barb for ESPN analyst and former NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck for calling him a dirty player. Some players don't play the game just to make big hits - if you've seen Mitchell play, you know he'll gladly give up the chance to help his team in order to inflict punishment on an opposing player - some play because they love the strategy and competition. "I donate more money to Cincinnati underprivileged kids than, probably, the people on the Bengals". My nephew goes to school there. I signed up to play full-speed, contact football. And you call me a repeat offender? "There's just this whole aura of the game is macho and all these types of things that people don't care what the consequences are going to be a little later on", Umenyiora said.

He kept it up on Wednesday in a locker room rant with the media defending himself and taking on all comers, including talking heads, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell and Bengals QB Andy Dalton. We gotta get better leadership as who's running the league, because obviously everybody, from fans, owners, players are all disappointed in Roger Goodell. Who's side are you on? There needs to be a set guideline on how we do what we do. "We can't have a guy where you just hand out discipline how you see fit. It's absolutely absurd. But like I said, it's Steelers vs the world". You never see us get to line somebody up in a hole like a linebacker.

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