Art Rooney on anthem: I don’t think there is a way to satisfy everyone
When asked about what would constitute not showing respect during the playing of the national anthem, Steelers owner Art Rooney said on Wednesday that he thought things we’ve seen in the past like raising a fist and linking arms with others would qualify.
Rooney clarified that comment on Thursday, saying, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, that he doesn’t view linking arms, which often included other team owners last year, as a sign of disrespect. On the larger question of disrespect, Rooney said that he thinks standing at attention is not hard to figure out despite not being spelled out in detail by the league on Wednesday.
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I didn’t see it at all, left guard Ramon Foster said. I just heard him screaming.
Hawkins had to be helped to the locker room by the team’s training staff, but there was no official word from the team on his condition.
It’s tough, but it’s part of it, Foster said. Every year, it’s going to be somebody. You just hope it’s not somebody who is super significant. I don’t know the full details of it, but he did get carried off so we’ll wait to see what the medical report is.
Hawkins was competing for the swing tackle job, after the Steelers lost Chris Hubbard in free agency to the Browns. Hawkins, their fourth-rounder in the 2016 NFL Draft, played in five games last year and started one.
You just never knew, Crowell said. Sometimes it was [an every-down situation], sometimes it wasn’t. You just never knew week in and week out. I felt like that was discouraging and annoying.
Also annoying was all the losing. The Browns went 0-16 last year, one season after going 1-15.