Prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ 10-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, star WR George Pickens made some comments.
Pickens called the Jaguars’ defense a “hope defense,” in the sense that they just put together a bunch of first-round picks and ‘hoped’ they could hold on.
In response, the Jaguars’ defense trolled the Steelers and their fans, with safety Andrew Wingard celebrating an interception by waiving a tiny yellow towel.
“These grown men crying about their tiny towels is bringing me so much joy 😂😂”
The terrible… pic.twitter.com/DF3shry0pp
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) October 30, 2023
Needless to say, the fans and the players didn’t care for that mockery of the Steelers’ signature Terrible Towel, which is why Wingard decided to double down on his trolling on social media.
Wingard stated that he was full of joy after watching so many grown men getting so angry over a towel (via JPA Football on Twitter).
We get it: symbols matter, and there’s absolutely no need to disrespect a team’s culture or fan base or call it a “tiny little towel.”
Even so, the Jaguars were looking to make a statement and prove that they’re for real, and the only thing the Steelers could’ve done to stop them is play better.
Whatever the case, this might as well be the beginning of a new AFC rivalry.
The fans will most definitely give the Jaguars — and especially Wingard — a warm welcome the next time they’re in town.
These two teams could face again in the playoffs, and while the Jaguars would most likely host that game, Steeler Nation is definitely going to make its presence felt in Florida, and there should be more than a couple of tiny little towels there.