Sanders Doesn’t Regret Making Leadership Comments Aimed At Roethlisberger

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders wants everybody to know that he was super serious a few weeks ago when he called his current quarterback Peyton Manning a better leader than his former one, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. At the same time, Sanders also wants everybody to know that what he said shouldn’t be considered a slight against the Steelers signal caller.

“It wasn’t meant as disrespect for anyone. I’ve got so much love for everybody over there in Pittsburgh, and they know it — they know me. I didn’t mean any harm,” Sanders said recently on the NFL Network, according to Pro Football Talk. “It’s just how Peyton is treating everybody out here, I’ve never seen somebody lead the way that he leads.

“That’s no diss to Ben. That’s just saying that, of every football team that I’ve played on, he’s the best leader I’ve seen. And everyone in the world knows that — when it comes to Peyton Manning, they know that he’s going to study, he’s going to do the right thing, he’s going to be where he’s supposed to be. That was just all meant for Peyton.”

Sanders went on to say that he doesn’t regret making those comments that prompted a response from his former teammate Antonio Brown. Brown made sure to defend Roethlisberger and called Sanders’ comments “terrible” and that he considered it the equivalent of throwing a former teammate underneath the proverbial bus.

Sanders went on to say that there are no hard feelings between him and Brown even though he has yet to talk to his former teammate since he originally said what he did.

“I haven’t talked to those guys. A.B. called a couple days ago but I’ve been so busy,” Sanders said. “But A.B. and all those guys, they know that we’re brothers, they know that it’s all good. They know me, they know there are no hard feelings and I have no hard feelings toward them. I play for the Denver Broncos but I’ve still got so much love for Steeler Nation and the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

So how are things going so far with Sanders during the preseason? In the Broncos preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, the Steelers former third-round draft pick played 20 snaps on offense but was not targeted and thus didn’t record a catch. He’s also been battling a thigh injury that caused him to sit out a few practices.

Hopefully Sanders is staying after practice to get some extra work in with Manning due to the time that he’s missing, but that’s really none of my business.

  • Steve

    Sanders is so full of BS. He’s got love for Steelers Nation – Bunch of Trash. No wonder why AB has not talked to him, dam Brown Noser!

  • Rob H

    Who is this Emmanuel Sanders you speak of? He doesn’t seem like someone whose opinion I should care about.

  • Carlos

    Dumb dumb dumb …

  • Gautama Om

    Why can’t these players just shut the **** up and play ball. Keep your private thoughts to yourself and if you can’t keep it private then at least man up and say how you really feel or frustrated with the way Ben treated you.

    The problem with BOTH Sanders and Wallace is they thought they were better than what the actually were and thus was butt hurt when the Steelers didn’t give them the proper treatment or rather asking price. Now that they’ve been exposed for they truly are (less than what they thought of themselves) on the playing field (Wallace) or on the open market (Sanders) they are starting to feel bitter towards the franchise.

  • rystorm06

    I’m sure the Steelers don’t regret not signing him

  • Jacque Strappe

    They regret not getting a 3rd rounder for him last yr. guaranteed.

  • SteveM2

    ….which they should’ve gone ahead and taken from New England.
    Eventually, the Broncos will wish they had Eric Decker instead of this drama princess.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    With Thomas and Welker there along with the draft pick Latimer, I still think Sanders could very easily become the 4th wideout with the Broncos. Latimer has talent.

  • Lewis

    I just think “leader” is the wrong word. People can lead in different ways. We’ve always known Peyton to be the best field general in the game. No one makes calls like he does in that aspect, but that’s not what makes him a good leader, nor does Ben’s methods make him a bad leader. I just don’t think it’s the term he’s looking for.

  • 2443scott

    i wonder how many big catches he got from manning in there first preseason game if any

  • Steelers@2010

    Why are we still talking about Sanders? Who cares? He is a Bronco, he is clearly sucking up to Peyton Manning, period. Truth be told, he’s probably jealous because Ben’s favorite target last year was Antonio Brown and not Emmanuel Sanders.

  • SteveM2

    All those leadership skills were meaningless against Seattle’s swarming defense in the last Super Bowl.

  • Pehr Smith

    Steeler castaway.

  • PA2AK

    am I the only one that doesn’t see the harm in his comments? He’s not the brightest guy and may not use the greatest word choice, but i’m really having a hard time getting as mad as most people about these comments. Certainly glad he’s not here, but that was because he was miserable in key situations…not because of these non-issue comments.

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  • Steelers@2010

    I’m not really mad, I’m just sick and tired of people talking about it. This is 2014, a new year, a new Corps of young WR’s I personally think will be better than the original three (A.Brown, Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders). And he was clearly taking a shot at Big Ben; what kills me, is how he took a cheap shot at the guy then tried to smooth it over at the end of his interview. I lost a lot of respect for Sanders, he clearly could have taken those issues up with Big Ben when he was there in Pittsburgh, what purpose does it serve to bring them up now? Like I said, he is clearly sucking up to Peyton Manning and in the process he probably damaged a good friendship with a QB that went to fight for him last year when the F/O was considering letting him walk.

  • PA2AK

    Well like I said…I didn’t think it was a cheap shot…more of a bad word choice because he’s an idiot. The media asked him, he answered. He didn’t bring them up. He’s trying to smooth it over because, again he’s not smart, he didn’t mean for it to be presented the way the media did. I do agree with you 100% that I’m tired of hearing about it….I just don’t think Sanders has much control over that part. He doesn’t put it in the papers.

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree, Sanders has no control over the questions he’s asked pertaining to the two QB’s. However, he does have control over the words that come out of his mouth, maybe he should just shut the (BLEEP) up! I still think he took a cheap shot at Big Ben, I still think it was all about sucking up to Peyton Manning as well. And what kills me is this, he hasn’t even played in the preseason, has anybody heard anything about him?