Ben was a guest during the DVE Morning Show with Randy Baumann, and used part of his call-in interview to clarify his comments to Ron Cook during that interview from July 22nd.
On Cam Heyward’s recent comments on his podcast:
Cam is right; I probably should have been more detailed and specific in what I said. I maybe should have clarified that more, that’s my bad. I was asked what the difference in the league is now from when I first got in, even when Cam first got in, the mentality of the players, the toughness. Cam is entitled to be upset, but he and I have had conversations. I know he knows what I’m talking about. It’s not like it’s new to Cam. The majority of guys on that team are very team-first guys. I get Cam supporting his teammates. I wasn’t trying to bash anybody specifically. I was making a broadstroke judgement.
One of the biggest differences in the game [now] is the toughness…There are no more two-a-days. They are trying to make the game safer, I get it. I think it’s smart. I just think the difference is from when I first came in until now is you see guys spending much more time in the training room. Where guys would tape it up and go, guys still do that to a certain extent, but it’s differences in the game.
More from his Q&A with the Morning Show:
On JuJu Smith-Schuster –
I love that guy! Great teammate, a guy who would do anything for his team, anything for the city, the Steelers. He played through so much injury, so much pain. I loved him. I know there are people who don’t know what to think and don’t like the other stuff he did, but when it came to the team. Yes, he did stuff off the field, but when it came time for football it did not get in the way. He gave every single ounce of his body, his heart and his soul to us, so I never, ever had a problem with JuJu – ever.
On Najee Harris –
Naj is a good football player and he’s going to get better, and he’s going to probably carry the load this year. He’s capable of doing that. He’s a really, really good football player. I see him, I don’t wanna say like he’s Heath Miller because Heath Miller didn’t really say anything (laughs). So it’s more than that, but it’s kind of a guy that is just…he’s gonna lead by example.
On Diontae Johnson’s situation –
He kind of filled me in a little bit on stuff. I told him you are an unbelievable football player, and I know it can be frustrating at times. I don’t know if they are going to get something done, are trying to get something done. I know he probably wants something and I think he deserves a contract. He’s played really well, and he’s one of, if not the best, players on that offense. As this season goes on, I hope he’s out there playing.
On the idea of doing an Instagram account for his new foundation –
Just for all the stuff we do, but I don’t know? I’ll get blasted for it somehow.
On attending Steelers games this season –
My boys are going to want to go, so I’m sure I’m going to games.
You can listen to Ben’s full interview here.