Steelers’ Ward ready to take on Sapp’s daughter

NFL Network’s Warren Sapp held nothing back Thursday when he summed up the 0-1 Steelers as “old and slow,” going so far as tell “The Dan Patrick Show” that his 13-year-old daughter, Mercedes Sapp, could cover WR Hines Ward.

Ward laughed it off.

“I don’t have a reaction to that,” he told KDKA-FM on Thursday. “He can bring his 13-year old daughter out there and see if she can cover me if she wants to. … People are always going to say something. As far as the team being old, I don’t see how the team is old.

“I think I am the oldest guy on the offensive side. Ben Roethlisberger is the … second oldest guy on the offensive side. Defensively? You got Aaron Smith, James Farrior and Brett Keisel. We just resigned some of our youngest guys. If you look at our team, we are not as old as people want to portray us. What does that matter anyway?”

Asked again if Sapp had gotten on his nerves, Ward wouldn’t bite: “I love Warren. He was my ‘Dancing with the Stars’ guy before me. It’s his opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and it is not going to change.”

Strange days for the Steelers. They were portrayed as the league’s model franchise after dispatching the gabby Jets in the AFC Championship. Now, after one loss to the Ravens, critics have come out of the woodwork to announce the end of Pittsburgh’s run.

We feel like it’s time to hit the pause button before announcing their demise — slow, old, whatever, this organization knows how to win.

Thanks to for the heads up on this one.

— Marc Sessler

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