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Ladarius Green: Steelers’ passionate fans a big part of why I signed

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 13:  Ladarius Green #89 of the San Diego Chargers catches a pass at Arrowhead Stadium during the fourth quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 13, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) Getty Images

Last season, Ladarius Green was playing tight end for the Chargers in a game against the Steelers, and the Pittsburgh fans were so loud that he couldn’t hear the offensive signals being called.

And the game was in San Diego.

Green was amazed that the Steelers have such a passionate fan base that tens of thousands of them would travel to San Diego and make so much noise that it felt like a Steelers home game. That stuck with Green when he became a free agent, and he said it’s part of why he signed with the Steelers this week.

“Did I notice?” Green said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think everyone noticed the number of Steelers fans out there. When you saw the towels in there it was pretty bad for us because we had to go on silent count. We knew they were there. . . . You want to be around that kind of stuff. It was a pretty big point in coming.”

Now Green can hear those Pittsburgh fans cheer for him.

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67 Responses to “Ladarius Green: Steelers’ passionate fans a big part of why I signed”
  1. noteamforlosangeles says: Mar 12, 2016 6:09 AM

    Can’t blame the guy. Should be a nice replacement for H. Miller. Further, we know the Steelers will be in Pittsburgh beyond 2016, can we say the same about the Chargers in San Diego?

  2. tdtommyd says: Mar 12, 2016 6:22 AM

    The Steelers offering him the most money was also a big reason.

  3. holeinone09 says: Mar 12, 2016 6:22 AM

    I love this guy already. Welcome to Pittsburgh Ladarius!

  4. donny1rodriguez says: Mar 12, 2016 6:24 AM

    Nice pick up

  5. joetoronto says: Mar 12, 2016 6:25 AM

    He went from a team with no fan base at all to one with a massive fan base.

  6. clashpoint says: Mar 12, 2016 6:39 AM

    Yes we are! Welcome to Pittsburgh 🙂

    Go Steelers!

  7. leftypointspread says: Mar 12, 2016 7:00 AM

    “Yes, I signed here because of the fans. I’ll be here all season & don’t forget to tip your waiter.”

  8. billswillnevermove says: Mar 12, 2016 7:30 AM

    Very nice pick up for the Steelers. This guy is ready to breakout. Go Bills!!

  9. jimlahey916 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:47 AM

    There is a Steelers bar in just about every major city its amazing doesnt matter if its Seattle or Sacramento there are alot of Steelers fans spread out all over the country

  10. ravensfan56 says: Mar 12, 2016 7:48 AM

    Why do people think Steelers fans travel? They are the biggest fairweather fanbase in the NFL. I rarely meet Steelers fans from Pittsburgh.

  11. oopsileftthekitchen says: Mar 12, 2016 7:53 AM

    Just wait until he drops a game tying touchdown. He will see just how passionate Steeler nation is!

  12. demolition510 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:01 AM

    I know SD wanted Gates to end his career with them but they shoulda signed green too.

  13. laxer37 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:02 AM

    The biggest misconception is that “Steeler fans travel well”.

    In actuality, Steeler fans are located in staggering numbers coast to coast. Since every home Steeler game has been sold out since 1970, traveling to Pittsburgh for a game isn’t always an option. Road games are often the only chance fans outside of Pittsburgh have to see their team play live. Factor in a road team has ample tickets available you get the result you saw in San Diego last season.

  14. ausernamethatisavailable says: Mar 12, 2016 8:07 AM

    That is PC for “they offered me the best contract “.

  15. myspaceyourface says: Mar 12, 2016 8:07 AM

    Green is a freak athlete.
    I’m excited about his signing.
    I hope he can reach his potential with Ben and the Steelers offense.

  16. tedmurph says: Mar 12, 2016 8:10 AM

    Worst and least knowledgable fan base in sports. Of course they showed up in San Diego. What’s the alternative, staying home in Pittsburgh? Look at the bright side Ladarius, just being on the team makes you a certain HOFer, at least in their tiny brains.

  17. leroysbutler says: Mar 12, 2016 8:16 AM

    $$$$ = the reason.

  18. bosco264 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:19 AM

    Had nothing to do with money,

  19. yourmomismyleadingscorerinfantasyfootball says: Mar 12, 2016 8:21 AM

    Wait til he gets a kick outta the home crowd!! All those empty seats and the mass 3rd quarter exit. Been there, seen that………

  20. squidlips82 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:22 AM

    The Chargers groom Green for 4 years and will need to replace Gates very soon… and pass on THEIR guy Green.

    You got to know when hold em… know when to fold em… know when to walk away… know when to RUN.

    I have to believe that if the Chargers thought if Green was an asset worth keeping, they would have done so.

  21. izonufoto says: Mar 12, 2016 8:22 AM

    Just a friendly reminder…AGAIN…. Yes..Steeler fans do travel to games..BUT…not the huge numbers …do you really think 10,000 people living in Pittsburgh take a flight across the entire united states to watch a game?… Media..please stop reporting this… The Steeler fans at these games are there because our families MOVED to these different states and have passed down our fandom to our kids… (it’s actually the law for us Pittsburghers) we didnt travel there …WE ARE THERE..

  22. patstipoftheiceberg says: Mar 12, 2016 8:28 AM

    Another peanut gallery Cheater fan dumps his pile

  23. cbass59 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:29 AM

    He signed a very cheap contract. Very cap friendly.

  24. bartpkelly says: Mar 12, 2016 8:36 AM

    Being so successful with Bradshaw and Co. they got many fans across the country who like to be associated with winning teams. Makes them feel more important.

    They then passed on that fandom to their children who are also now fans.

    You can call them bandwagon but the team was winning so why not? If you love football and don’t have a team yet…are you really going to choose Cleveland if you live in Utah?

  25. pdmjr says: Mar 12, 2016 8:46 AM

    Steelers fans do travel well but after the steel mills closed and the other businesses that were supported by them closed people left the area for work.

    They now have children and even grandchildren who were indoctrinated in the Steelers way. Of course being the most successful pro football team in history has a lot to do with it

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 12, 2016 8:46 AM

    Mar 12, 2016, 8:10 AM EST
    Worst and least knowledgable fan base in sports. Of course they showed up in San Diego. What’s the alternative, staying home in Pittsburgh? Look at the bright side Ladarius, just being on the team makes you a certain HOFer, at least in their tiny brains.

    Any facts to back up your usual jealous posts about the Steelers. Being an accomplished liar, braggart, and shameless boaster immediate makes your post a joke. Because you hate the Steelers it doesn’t follow that their fans are subhuman. Ted, what are you 12? Little boys sad bad things to belittle someone they want to be. Keep trying little man.
    Welcome to the Steelers with real down to earth knowledgeable fans.

  27. 700levelvet says: Mar 12, 2016 8:46 AM

    Yeah OK…I believe this…

  28. breadmeatcheese says: Mar 12, 2016 8:50 AM

    I hope this works out for LG. He is teetering on criminally underused status already.

  29. diehardfootballfan says: Mar 12, 2016 8:56 AM

    We are THE BEST FANS!!!!!!!

  30. stillers213 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:59 AM

    I moved from Pittsburgh to Southern CA when I was 17, joined the military, and been here ever since. Many other of my family have done the same and live in AZ. We, in turn, have passed our fandom on to our children as well, and so on, and so on.

    Yinzer from way back

  31. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 12, 2016 9:07 AM

    We’ll see how passionate he is after chasing and trying to tackle defenders on their way to a pick six. LOL.

  32. derekgorgonstar says: Mar 12, 2016 9:44 AM

    Steelers fans are nothing but frontrunner jagoffs.

  33. triggerdog says: Mar 12, 2016 9:47 AM

    We are very passionate about our team home of the best fans around,bar none.we don’t riot in the streets and burn our city and loot businesses like that pathetic Baltimore franchise,who just signed a sixty year tight end with nobody to get him the ball.we say welcome to steeler nation!

  34. billswillnevermove says: Mar 12, 2016 9:51 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Mar 12, 2016 6:25 AM

    He went from a team with no fan base at all to one with a massive fan base.
    I know for a fact that Toronto doesn’t have a fan base……….how could you, you have no NFL team there.

  35. billswillnevermove says: Mar 12, 2016 9:57 AM

    tedmurph says:
    Mar 12, 2016 8:10 AM

    Worst and least knowledgable fan base in sports. Of course they showed up in San Diego. What’s the alternative, staying home in Pittsburgh? Look at the bright side Ladarius, just being on the team makes you a certain HOFer, at least in their tiny brains.
    No, that would be you Patriot fans that are the least knowledgeable. Hands down. You never knew you even had a team before 2001 when the cheating started. You deny, deny, deny….when it’s staring at you right in the face.

  36. socalcharger says: Mar 12, 2016 10:01 AM

    LA to SD isn’t that far of a trip for Steeler fans to make.

  37. steelcurtainn says: Mar 12, 2016 10:04 AM

    No NFL team supports its team like Steeler Fans. Its going to be a great ride having you aboard.

  38. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 12, 2016 10:19 AM

    How can people say the Steelers fans are front runners. They have not won a Super Bowl in 7 seasons and still fill up opponent stadiums and you still have to wait years for season tickets. Try a new line.

  39. factman1000 says: Mar 12, 2016 10:45 AM

    Unfortunately for him he’s going from living in beautiful San Diego to Pittsburgh. ouch

  40. pamperpro says: Mar 12, 2016 10:46 AM

    Yawn, did he forget San Diego has no fans?
    The fans of every other team always fill up Qualcomm.
    It’s an extra home game for everybody not wearing pansy powder blue.

  41. clashpoint says: Mar 12, 2016 10:56 AM

    The only football team I’ve ever been a fan of and I’m kinda an old man, definitely old school. I played in grade school, high school and junior college, I’ve coached football, and it’s my favorite sport by far. I’ll match my knowledge of the game against anyone else’s fans anywhere. Bring it on, trolls.

    Go Steelers!

  42. mborz says: Mar 12, 2016 11:05 AM

    I knew when I saw the title there would be a bunch of people crying in the comment section.

    Wasn’t disappointed.

  43. laxer37 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:07 AM

    Steelers have sold out EVERY HOME GAME since 1970. That was before they ever won a Super Bowl.

    6 Lombardi’s, and two stadium expansions later you still can’t get a ticket.

    Name another organization that has 6 Trophies and a sellout streak that spans 45 years? There isn’t one.

  44. samoanjungle says: Mar 12, 2016 11:15 AM

    The Stealers also have plenty of fans that are NFL referees, thus the controversial calls they get that help them at critical moments to win games.

  45. toybkshr says: Mar 12, 2016 11:16 AM

    Not a Steeler fan, but I think they got a good one here.

  46. arktikman says: Mar 12, 2016 11:30 AM

    The Steelers also attract the best (worst) trolls from other teams. It’s their only way of associating with greatness.

  47. magicmtndan says: Mar 12, 2016 11:36 AM

    The Pittsburgh Steelers ARE “America’s Team”

    You see it EVERY Steelers game home and away.

    I was born in the Burgh and I live in SoCal. There are many Steelers fans here – I see them every day in their cars with Stillers decals.

    Here we go Steelers here we go!

  48. steelerfan63 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:47 AM

    Just think how happy he’ll be playing in a superbowl this season. Welcome to the greatest sports franchise in America.As we speak there are carpenters over at the Steeler offices expanding the trophy case.

  49. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:49 AM

    mark my words, steelres fans will loath this guy. he has none of the grit or scrap that heath had. all he cares about is money.

  50. ejmam1 says: Mar 12, 2016 11:53 AM

    Steeler fans would call signing Martin Shkreli a great addition.

  51. PFT loves the Steelers says: Mar 12, 2016 11:58 AM

    Steelers fans “traveling well” is the biggest myth in the NFL. I know a bunch of Steelers fans in northern Kentucky who go to every Steelers game in Cincinnati. Never sniffed Pittsburgh in their lives. It’s the same all around the country. Super Bowl runs in the 70’s, 90’s and 00’s have brought the Steelers an enormous amount of bandwagon fans all around the country. Fans that never lived in Pittsburgh.

  52. RE LEE says: Mar 12, 2016 12:06 PM

    Steelers fans are pretty intense. If Big Ben keeps healthy, they will be in the SB. The talent in that team is insane. Ben is spoiled. I’m a Pats fan but it is what it is. Just protect Ben so the dirty players can’t get to him. It was a shame what those dirty players did to him.

  53. clashpoint says: Mar 12, 2016 12:14 PM

    PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Mar 12, 2016 11:58 AM
    Steelers fans “traveling well” is the biggest myth in the NFL. I know a bunch of Steelers fans in northern Kentucky who go to every Steelers game in Cincinnati. Never sniffed Pittsburgh in their lives.
    By this stupid thinking only those who live in a city with an NFL team are allowed to be fans of the NFL. I guess stupid thinking is troll thinking though just by default?

    Don’t blame the Steelers that Cincinnati can’t sell out their own stadium.

  54. powpow042 says: Mar 12, 2016 12:18 PM

    Huge disappointment.
    Guy would disappear for 4-5 games a season.
    Really expected a lot more from him.

  55. channer81 says: Mar 12, 2016 12:52 PM

    I made a harmless joke to a Steeler fan before the Charger game last year the valet should charge him double for his free valet tix because of his Steeler gear and dude in front of his kids started busting out all kinds of obscenities like I had insulted his kids, his parents and America all in one.

    Steeler fans are special…

  56. stillers213 says: Mar 12, 2016 12:53 PM

    Yeah, he disappeared when Gates was in the line-up. Duh.

  57. powpow042 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:20 PM

    In 4 years dude had 77 catches.
    Less than 20/year.
    Not sure about that production.

    My guess is he’ll be a decent TE for the Steelers if he can stay healthy.

    Good luck Ladarius.

  58. trollaikman8 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:46 PM

    The Chargers messed up by not throwing paltry money his way. Instead they will have Slowtonio Cakes for another year.

  59. draculalambert says: Mar 12, 2016 1:47 PM

    Yup. Thank you Mr Green. I was there so I can take partial credit for your singing.

    here we go steelers here we go. Boom boom

    (Let this be a lesson to all of you lazy millinials)

  60. ampatsisahypocrite says: Mar 12, 2016 2:08 PM

    This is what separates fans who think they are the best and THE best fan base in football. Steelers fans are so superior they actually impact the game OFF the field as well as on it.

    It’s no idle claim, Steelers fans are in a league of their own.

    A few decades ago NFL Films did a program on the Steelers that went like this: “there are 31 teams in the NFL. And then there are the Pittsburgh Steelers.” The same can be said for their fans.

  61. chipper41 says: Mar 12, 2016 3:00 PM

    Sounds like the steelers knew Bryant suspension was coming. This guy is not a blocker. And he gets a concussion from rain drops. Other than that he has a ton of potential. Even after 4 years in the league you still have to refer to his potential.

  62. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 12, 2016 4:56 PM

    He’s going to be a monster in that system!

  63. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 12, 2016 6:25 PM

    The only thing Steelers’ fans are passionate about is clearing out of that stadium when Big Ben starts throwing his usual quota of 4th quarter air balls. LOL.

  64. triggerdog says: Mar 12, 2016 8:52 PM

    Only jump ball joe throws four quarters of air balls. The proof is in the 117 yds passing and getting schooled by ole noodle arm and kaep of all people!LOL!!!

  65. laserw says: Mar 13, 2016 12:59 AM

    Steelers’ fans are idiots – they twirl their urine yellow towels and have no clue what they are cheering about.

    They cheer a woman abuser, Big Ben, and dirty players on defense.

    These fans have low standards that they can even be found in kitty litter – dirty kitty litter.

  66. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 13, 2016 9:45 PM

    I’m so depressed and jealous. I only wish the Ravens had fans like Steeler Nation. All we have is a few snaggle-toothed rednecks from Dundalk.

  67. natelan says: Mar 14, 2016 1:54 PM

    No amount of fan support is going to prevent you from getting 12 concussions a year in 3 plays and getting out performed by a 40 year old TE.

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