In the last year, Mike Adams has been stabbed, hospitalized, benched and sued.
So it’s reasonable that he doesn’t want to look back.
The Steelers tackle offered a one-word recap of his last 12 months to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which is was succinct as it was accurate.
“Crazy,” Adams said.
It all started going downhill for Adams on June 1, 2013, when he was stabbed in the stomach and arm during an alleged robbery. The three men charged with the crime were acquitted, and one of them is suing Adams now.
That kept him from discussing the case at length, but there’s a lot more to deal with. He didn’t take the easy excuse of having been stabbed and the subsequent surgery for his poor season, but he lost his job to seventh-rounder Kelvin Beachum, and is determined to get back on the field.
“Definitely,” Adams said. “I didn’t come here to sit on the bench. I’m here to compete. . . .
“I’m not here to make excuses. Call it what you want. I’m not like that. It’s over now. I’m fine physically, and that’s what I care about. The rest is whatever. I’m here to play football and compete. I’m not worried about that stuff.”
The Steelers line is looking some stability, and Adams has been working behind Beachum at left tackle. He could still challenge for the right tackle job, but hasn’t worked there yet.
While that’s a drag, he hasn’t been stabbed lately, so everything else is a positive.