Some of you might recall that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark started 24 games for the Washington Redskins in '04 and '05. He had three interceptions and two forced fumbles for the Skins in '05, but he signed with Pittsburgh, where he's become one of the most respected players on the team and the perfect complement to Troy Polamalu.
This week, Clark appeared on a Washington TV show called "Parker and Parker" and was asked about the differences between the Redskins and Steelers organizations. Dan Steinberg of the Post has the key quotes:
"I think the biggest difference is just the mentality of the area we're in," Clark said. "I think if you look at Pittsburgh, it's really just a town of hard workers, a town of blue-collar people, and they appreciate that in their team. They want to see hard work, they want to see you lay your heart on the line every week to try to win football games. And they take it probably harder than we do when we lose.
"I think in Washington you just have so much going on. You have such an organization built on putting people in the seats and finding extravagant ways to do things, instead of winning football games all the time. You know, I loved playing in Washington. It was a great place. And they just go about their business a little differently than the Pittsburgh Steelers do.
"I think right now, though, they may be on the right track. And hopefully they can get it on track, because I still have friends there. But I love being a Pittsburgh Steeler."
What do you guys think of that observation? I do believe the Redskins have a passionate fan base, but the Rooneys certainly have a much different approach than Dan Snyder. Both families have a desperate desire to win, but the Rooneys have been at this for a little while.
By the way, Steinberg notes that six percent of the Steelers' roster once played for the Redskins.