For as much as we fans of the Steelers hate the Ravens and their fans, and certainly vice versa, you sometimes forget that these players don't all hate each other. Now certainly there are some that have no love loss for a bitter rival but many of these guys are friends off the field, work out together, or at the very least respect each other.
On his friendship with another Any Era member, Ben Roethlisberger:
"Every time we see each other, you're going to always see -- nobody [has] never noticed it -- but any time we play each other, I put my hand over my heart and he puts his hand over his heart, and we give each other the nod -- warriors going at it -- whatever it takes. And that's the ultimate respect, because when you see guys back in the day, they gave that respect. That's what the game was always built upon. That's what makes the [rivalry] so fierce, because back then, when you looked at the old-school Dallas Cowboys and the old-school San Francisco 49ers, you knew what you were getting, but they respected each other so much. Today, when you think about a Ben Roethlisberger and me, you think about old-school mentalities, no matter what it is. That's why, every time -- win, lose or draw -- we're going to always be friends."