What Richard Seymour did to Ben Roetlisberger on Sunday was a punk move. Plain and Simple. There is no room in the game for such selfish acts and there is no excuse for a team leader to behave as such.
I’m not calling Seymour a punk. Just saying what he did was a punk move. Until Sunday he was making waves for his All-Pro play this season. Now, this infamous moment of madness will be the staring point for any conversation revolving around this year.
As a veteran leader of the defense, Seymour has an obligation to his teammates. That obligation states that at no point will he put himself above the team. Until Sunday Seymour had been a team player. Could you imagine Nnamdi Asomugha doing something like this? He never would. Not that Nnamdi’s soft, he just knows that he’s more valuable to his team on the field than he is watching from the locker room.
I could care less what Big Ben said to Seymour. Even if he uttered the most vile and hateful remark ever said that is no excuse for going LeGarrette Blount in the middle of an NFL contest. Be a man; suck it up and then the next chance you get to send a message to Roethlisberger you do so emphatically within the rules of the game. Hey, worst case scenario is you get a 15-yard roughing penalty. Much better than being ejected, fined and possibly suspended.
Not advocating violent retaliation with intention to hurt. Just supporting Seymour’s right to carry a grudge and then get vengeance by simply doing what he’s paid to do. You see, cleaning Big Ben’s clock with a punch is illegal under any circumstances. But knocking him silly while the Steelers attempt one of their double-reverse/flea-flicker trick plays is perfectly legal.
No, Richard Seymour is not a punk. But he sure did pull a selfish punk move.