Martavis Bryant On Super Bowl: ‘We Want To Do It For Mr. Rooney’

Throughout the offseason, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant did an excellent job of doing and saying all the right things in the public sphere—at least after the draft, anyway. He presented himself as somebody who had seriously matured, a sober and thoughtful individual ready to take on the next chapter in his life.

Unfortunately, that next chapter seemed to begin with a line akin to “It was a dark and stormy night…”, because the third-year veteran had not been happy through much of the early portions of the season, and he multiple times expressed his frustrations on social media, privately, and finally to reporters.

His rogue behavior got him a one-game benching, which he served heading into the bye week, meaning that when he takes the field against the Colts on Sunday, it will have been three weeks since he last caught a pass—and that for three yards.

But he has once again returned to the optics that originally earned him the benefit of the doubt in his bid for a return—in a year in which we are also potentially witnessing the success returns of other notable suspended players in Dion Jordan and Josh Gordon—even if he may have lost some credibility in the interim.

Prior to the Lions game, Bryant expressed frustration over both his role in the offense and his lack of productivity, and suggested that if things don’t change, then he would want to be traded. Of course, the trade deadline is now long gone, and he also said that he would just do what he has to do if that did not happen.

He understands how important for the potential future of his career the next eight games, so he predictably was asked about it yesterday and how it would define his season. According to Mike Prisuta, he told reporters that “our season is defined by the Super Bowl. We want to do it for Mr. Rooney”.

You can’t get a more team-first answer than that, though for many it no doubt will resonate as a company line. Whatever it may be, it doesn’t particularly matter as long as he keeps himself composed and doesn’t cause problems.

He went on, speaking about his prior frustrations with his slow road back and his conversations with Mike Tomlin. He said that the two “had talks about not fighting the process. I wanted to come back in and have instant success. It didn’t work out”.

“Now”, he continued, “it’s about being patient and just going out and having fun with it and just letting everything fall into place”. Which, really, is the only thing that he can do, anyway.

Once again, Martavis Bryant is saying all the right things. Perhaps, when he previously was saying all the right things, he meant it, but his frustrations got the better of him. Perhaps all of them have been insincere. Only he really knows. But at least he seems to realize what’s best for his future.

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  • Rick McClelland

    I think MB can be successful as soon as he stops attacking teammates, coaches, and the organization and concentrates on being the best player he can be. He took his life down this road and now he is the only one that can bring it back.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    call me crazy but it seems like this team is close to imploding with all the stuff that has happened in last couple years.we’ve had more headlines in last few years then i can remember in a long long time.

    misuse of deebo.
    ab’s video.
    bryants suspension/reinstatement/social media.
    bell’s contract/tag/sitting out/social media.
    semi forced push of troy.
    heath saying im done.
    sanders publically calling out ben.
    mike wallace vs mike tomlin.

  • Guest12

    Am I the only one confused by this. Just 2 weeks ago he was on his second week of ranting about wanting to be traded and now he wants to win one for the ol skipper? Emotional roller coaster

  • gdeuce

    he’s just saying all the right things now that he can’t be traded

  • Sam Clonch

    You’re crazy.

  • John Pennington

    Let everything in the 1st half go and get ready for the run to home field advantage and win the SB.Thats the most important thing to do.

  • Jones

    Yep. Because he has no other options, he’s now exercising what would have been his best option to start with: Do your absolute best to look like a model teammate while making big plays. This will generate the most snaps and money for him down the road – especially if a SB comes with it.

  • Ed Smith

    Ditto. MM, if you have to bring Troy into your argument, you really are stretching to make a point…

  • popsiclesticks

    Yeah I don’t understand this. Name a team and I’ll show you comparable drama. The Seahwaks have been a rolling ball of drama for like half a decade now.

    Heath Miller retired at 34. That happens to a lot of teams. For as loose as these guys can be on social media, the organization is still more buttoned-up than most on a lot of things – on most teams, you’d have heard it leaked that Heath wanted to retire.

  • popsiclesticks

    He’s dumb on social media. He’s still supposedly a good soldier on the field in practice. Him and Holmes just couldn’t deal with people insulting them on the internet.

  • nutty32

    That’s great, but what does Deja think?

  • Mike Lloyd

    Damn right.

  • Conserv_58

    I still maintain that his nasty girlfriend and her bad attitude played a major role in Martavis’ making a fool of himself on social media.

  • Conserv_58

    His agent would have to be a complete fool to have not made his statis with the Steelers clear to him before he took to social media.

  • Conserv_58

    Yup, you’re crazy alright. You’re making a mountain out of a mole hill. Compaired to most of the other NFL teams the Steelers have had relatively few negative issues to deal with.

  • NCSteel

    Nothing a few long TD’s won’t fix.
    For now.

  • Steve

    Heath Miller was smart to get away from football when he did.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I literally cannot take anything this guy says as being truthful. He probably has to wear asbestos pants to keep himself from going up in flames.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Is that what his agent told him to say? He just needs to shut his face and play football.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Jeff Reed vs. gas station rest room. =-)

  • Alan Tman

    Yes that best record in the AFC would clearly indicate that.

  • Alan Tman

    It’s amazes me how Ben was in a much worse situation and said all the right things and repeated the same dumb situation , but what he says is gospel. Let’s just wait, and see if the guy grows up.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    record does not always dictate team mentality. also i said CLOSE to imploding. point is. the uptic in drama in the last few years has skyrocketed. more about the me me me instead of the team.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    if you compare them to other teams maybe. but compare them to themselves. its growing.

  • Alan Tman

    Winning solves everything. Just ask the NYG.