There has been a lot of talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and their standards — or lack thereof — this season.
Team legend Ben Roethlisberger called out Mike Tomlin and the offense for not being able to live up to the standards that come with donning the black and gold jersey, and some believe the Steelers’ tradition is long gone.
That’s why watching Mason Rudolph taking a leap forward to put the team on his shoulders and keep them in postseason contention has been a breath of fresh air for the fans.
With that in mind, team legend Vince Williams believes it’s not a surprise, as he’s one of the few offensive veterans who were drafted by the team and have had the opportunity to embrace the Steelers culture and what it really means.
Williams took to Twitter to point out the fact that Rudolph has seen multiple players step up and do what needs to be done for the sake of the team, so he’s learned by example.
Mason is one of the few offensive veterans who were drafted by the Steelers. One has to wonder how many times he has heard, “The standard is the standard” and “Next man up,” and having heard these phrases countless times, how many examples of this has he seen? Hell, he himself/
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) January 2, 2024
He states that this also isn’t the first time that he’s been asked to take the reins of the offense because of injuries, which is why he was already prepared for that.
More importantly, Williams adds that Rudolph is playing like someone who doesn’t have anything to lose, which is why he’s been more willing to take risks and give the playmakers a chance to prove their skills.
Rudolph is playing better right now, and the team needs to ride the hot hand; it’s as simple as that.