I am writing as one of the Pittsburgh Steelers' millions of die-hard fans asking that they take some time before the season starts to position themselves as the hard-working, high-class individuals who make up the best team in all of sports. The distractions played out in the media over the past several years have been too frequent and embarrassing for Steeler Nation -- from criminal charges against players all the way down to cringe-worthy tweets and pictures of players wearing controversial hats. We the fans demand better from our beloved team.
After our own long weeks at work, we anticipate Sunday afternoon (or better yet Monday night) and the excitement of seeing our team take the field with hard hits and the thrill of a converted third down. We have a long history of love for the game -- and looking down on other teams' off-field antics (and worse) ... only to be faced with the very same shameful behavior displayed by our Steelers over the past several years.
Stay out of trouble, stop the tweets and think before you post things that alienate your fans and reflect poorly on Steeler Nation.
Steelers players, you have incredible talent and an even more unbelievable opportunity to don that uniform each week -- don't get it dirty before you even hit the field. You represent Pittsburgh -- you represent each of your fans in your actions both on and off the field.
Many players go above and beyond to recognize this with insanely generous charitable actions, and those good deeds do not go unnoticed. We love them even more for taking their work ethic from the field and into the community. Let these players set the example for all to follow.
We demand the best here in Pittsburgh in both football and in behavior -- show us both this year!
SUMMER C. FOWLER