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Benny Snell says the media in Pittsburgh isn’t as cool as it was at Kentucky

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On Thursday afternoon, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said former Kentucky running back Benny Snell will return to practice this week after missing three games due to a knee injury.

And depending on how well his knee responds will determine just how much he sees the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

“We’ll be focused on his ability to execute and execute in great detail,” Tomlin said. “He’s got a two-pronged thing he’s got to answer. Not only health, but game readiness from a detail and knowledge standpoint. That’s a reasonable process for a young guy.”

Following his return, the former Wildcat didn’t take long to make some headlines.

After taking his third-person speech to the national stage, referring to his play as “Benny Snell Football” almost immediately upon arrival in Pittsburgh, the Steelers rookie has cut down on that kind of talk during media opportunities.

Why? Because the Pittsburgh media isn’t as cool as the media members he dealt with at Kentucky.

“You haven’t mentioned ‘Benny Snell Football’ in a while,” a reporter said to Snell. “We were getting kind of used to that in the spring.”

“Yeah, I know,” Snell responded. “See, I’m not really used to y’all. That’s the thing. If I was used to you all, you’d get it more, but I feel like y’all play games with players.”

“Is there a problem?” the reporter asked.

“Let’s just say that the Kentucky media, like, was cooler than y’all,” Snell said. “You know what I’m saying, right?”

Last week, Steelers starting running back James Conner re-aggravated a shoulder injury he sustained several weeks ago, with the latest reports indicating he is unlikely to play on Sunday. With Conner likely out, Snell will likely get his opportunity to shine in front of a local crowd at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals are winless and currently rank last in the NFL in total run defense, allowing 167 rushing yards per game.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Be there, BBN.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

7 Comments for Benny Snell says the media in Pittsburgh isn’t as cool as it was at Kentucky



  1. TonyMontana
    8:20 pm November 21, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve been waiting for him to get his chance. Cincinnati has allowed the most rush yards per game this season, so hopefully he’ll put a whooping on them.



  2. UKCatAttack
    8:45 pm November 21, 2019 Permalink

    New site looks great until you try to leave a comment and have to scroll for 10 minutes.



  3. KYFAN4LYFE
    9:43 pm November 21, 2019 Permalink

    Wow…first Boxofficemojo, now KSR. What’s with sites randomly updating…and ruining…their format?



    • Han
      9:49 pm November 21, 2019 Permalink

      What, you don’t like how big it all feels and that it takes forever to scroll down to see new stories?



  4. njcat54
    10:53 pm November 21, 2019 Permalink

    ‘Is there a problem’? Typical douchbag comment. ?

    And handled perfectly by Bennie.



  5. mcp157
    6:49 am November 22, 2019 Permalink

    Hope Benny gets 150 yards, but go Bengals!



  6. Wraith
    11:07 am November 22, 2019 Permalink

    I like Benny Snell, and I am a huge Steelers Fan, and Im glad he got drafted there. But what he is describing is also the difference between being a college athlete and a professional. The press go out of their way to try to stay positive and give college athletes the benefit of the doubt. But the professional world works differently. Tom Brady arguably the best QB ever still gets negative press. Just the nature of the beast. That said, if healthy, I expect Benny to put 150 and 2 tds on the hapless bungles.