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Week 6 Steelers vs. Seahawks Postgame Commentary: An Unforgiving Sport

I confess, the original premise of my postgame commentary was supposed to be centered around the effectiveness of simplicity, in relation to the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Darrell Taylor took what seemed like a harmless hit from rookie running back Najee Harris. What was supposed to be a routine play, brought back bad memories of December 4, 2017; the day that former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier's life changed forever.

One thing I was reminded of when watching Taylor being stretchered out, is that in the game of football, there is no such thing as a routine play. On every snap, on every series, each player places themselves at risk of serious injury. Another example of this was early in the contest with Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr., who broke his arm on a "routine" punt coverage sequence. Luckily for Snell Jr., he will still have a season to play. In the case of Taylor, not only is his football career compromised, but his overall livelihood may never be the same.

The scene we saw with both teams circled around Taylor, was a reminder that this game is an unforgiving one. Personally, I am grateful to these modern day gladiators, who are willing to sacrifice their bodies for our entertainment. Whether one wants to dispute whether they are worth the money they are given, one can only imagine what it is like to walk in their shoes and take the type of punishment, they receive on a game-to-game basis.

Yes, the Steelers won, but I believe our thoughts and prayers should be with Taylor. We can only hope that he does not have to go through the same struggles Shazier went through a few years ago. As for us fans, we should never take these players for granted. Without them, the game we love would not exist.

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