Rivalries are for the fans.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said as much Wednesday morning on “NFL AM” when asked if he hated the Baltimore Ravens.
“I don’t really hate them,” he said matter-of-factly. “I was working out with Terrell Suggs this summer, before his injury. He’s a really cool dude and he said it himself, he’s like ‘people don’t understand that we only hate ya’ll two weeks or three out of the year.’ ”
Hey, Ryan, stop ruining our beloved myths. As fans, we’d much rather think you guys want to rip each other’s heads off.
“I will say this about the Ravens: that first game last year watching them dance on the field, seeing them fake an extra point while up 27 already, it allowed me to understand how much they actually dislike us as an organization as a coaching staff,” Clark said. “So it brooded and stirred up a little hate in me.”
While Clark might have been brooding over last season’s 35-7 loss in Week 1 to their rivals, they aren’t forever on his mind.
“When I’m not playing the Ravens I’m not thinking about the Ravens,” he said. “This organization, we worry about winning championships, we don’t focus on beating one team. There won’t be Gatorade baths because we beat the Ravens, won’t be parties, won’t be bottle-popping and confetti, it will be one game on our journey to win the Super Bowl and I always look at it like that.”