Mitchell: 'We're going to play the Patriots, we're gonna win,' playing for Shazier

In a Sports Illustrated piece, wherein the Pittsburgh Steeler safety's words have been parsed for effect, he says he's playing for his friend, Ryan Shazier.

Kahron Spearman

In a powerful piece by Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop, wherein the emotional Pittsburgh Steeler safety Mike Mitchell's wording has been parsed by some media outlets for effect, he says he's playing for his friend, injured linebacker Ryan Shazier.

Part of the interview with Bishop was construed as a direct war-call, a guarantee with context.

Were going to play [the Patriots] again, Mitchell promises. We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti, we can play them in New England. . . . Were gonna win.

Mike Mitchell
Safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

However, what Mitchell was conveying was love for Shazier, his close friend, and teammate.

"I think about my boy, and how he gave up his ability to move just for us to win a game," he said. "If hes willing to make that sacrifice, Im willing to do anythinganythingfor us to win for him."