Steelers linebacker Vince Williams said this week during an Instagram Live that he was “under the impression that you could put whatever you want on your helmet,” which is an interesting statement after the organization announced Monday that players were unified on their stance to wear Antwon Rose Jr.’s name on their helmets for the entire 2020 season.
That soon fell apart as offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva broke ranks and put Silver Star awardee Alwyn Cashe’s name on his helmet and now more voices on the team are coming forward to push back against the narrative coming from the front office. Maurkice Pouncey made his voice heard. Minkah Fitzpatrick is on record saying the Rose helmet sticker call was made by someone “upstairs” and the players “barely” discussed it. Even the owner, Art Rooney II, had to release a statement as this Rose helmet sticker fiasco kept growing legs.
And there was Vince Williams, in his eighth year with the Steelers, answering questions Wednesday on IG Live, revealing that he didn’t even look at the back of his helmet.
“I don’t care what Al had on the back of his helmet,” Williams said to viewers. “He could’ve put that sh*t on the front of his helmet. I don’t really care at all. As long as he is lining up at left tackle and he’s blocking people and Big Ben’s upright and we don’t have to go through another Ben-less season. I don’t give a damn if he wore a baseball helmet. I could care less.”
“It’s none of my business. Just show up to play football and let’s kick ass and go about our day.”
Williams said he’s not into statements, helmet stickers, and the awareness t-shirts.
“Doing all the publicity stunts and stuff for the media, that’s cool. I guess you have to get attention for the voiceless, but these people really need help out here,” he said.
“Kids really need help. I feel like I’m going to do more in my community by giving away laptops and Chromebooks and making sure people got the equipment they need to go back to school than a t-shirt could ever do. What is a t-shirt going to do?”
To do his part, Williams said he’s giving out the following to kids going back to school:
- 500 laptops
- 150 Chromebooks
- backpacks and PPE gear
A little more from veteran Steelers linebacker Vince Williams earlier today on what he’s doing off the field to make a difference:
– 500 laptops
– 150 chromebooks
– backpacks and PPE gear for a local school
“What is a T-shirt gonna do? … I’m just trying to help my community.” pic.twitter.com/MXeEsgX8Hc
— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) September 16, 2020