Ex-Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall takes shot at Ben Roethlisberger

 

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall had some choice words for ex-quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday while he bantered on social media with fans.

Mendenhall sparked the discussion when he posted a photo of himself from practice in a tweet that read, “Earned my stripes.” When a fan inquired about what he was talking about, the former running back posted a picture of a Steelers Super Bowl ring.

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Rashard Mendenhall, #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 18, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
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He then tweeted a shot at Roethlisberger.

“If @_BigBen7 is the ‘leader’ you say he is, why hasn’t HE taken credit for the fall?” Mendenhall wrote. “What manager of a company goes to HIDE in the shadows when the results come in? We win it’s him, lose it’s me… or Tomlin huh..”

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It is unclear what “fall” Mendenhall was talking about. The team missed the playoffs this season after salvaging a 9-8 record and nearly making the postseason. Pittsburgh made the playoffs in 2020 and 2021 and eight times since the 2010 season began.

Rashard Mendenhall, #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is congratulated by teammate Ben Roethlisberger, #7, after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game on Dec. 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
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Mendenhall was a rookie in 2008 when the team won their first Super Bowl with Mike Tomlin. He played four games in his rookie season with his year getting cut short due to a fractured shoulder.

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Rashard Mendenhall, #28 of the Arizona Cardinals, warming up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on Dec. 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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He played five seasons with the Steelers, rushing for more than 1,000 yards twice. He also had a year with the Arizona Cardinals. In 72 career games, he tallied 4,236 yards and 37 touchdowns.