Eric Ebron would rather lose game check than play three times in 12 days


The re-re-re-scheduling of the Week 12 game between the Ravens and Steelers will result in the Steelers playing three games in 12 days. Steelers tight end Eric Ebron isn’t happy about that.

“We put all of these stipulations in place,” Ebron said on Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast on SiriusXM/Pandora. “Everybody signed up and said, ‘Ok, this is gonna be cool.’ Nobody thought you would play three games in 12 days. Think about that. That’s us. We play [Wednesday], we play Monday [against Washington], and we play Sunday [at Buffalo]. Oh my God. . . . They’re trying to see us fail, bro. Welcome to the National Football League.”

If the NFL had canceled the Ravens-Steelers game, no players from either team would have gotten paid. It sounds like Ebron wouldn’t have minded.

“I don’t care about a game check,” Ebron said. “I’m sorry, I know there are people who don’t make the amount of money I do. I know that. So what? I’m sure they don’t want to play three games in 12 days either. They’d much rather, you know, lose a game check than risk them not making a check the next year because they’re hurt.”

For Ebron, who has a $1 million salary this season, a game check would cost $58,823.53.

Despite his complaints, Ebron seems to be willing to play along. But he has a request. Or maybe it’s a demand.

“When we go to the Super Bowl they just better give us the biggest plane, the best hotel, the top of everything,” Ebron said. “Like whatever they did for Kansas City last year we need to be 30 times better than that when we go to the Super Bowl because that’ll be their makeup to us. They gotta roll out the red carpet for our ass now. They ain’t trying to do it in the regular season. They’re gonna have to do it then and we want it bigger and better than everybody else because they made us go through three road games in the middle of the year, and then three games in 12 days. And everybody says, ‘Oh we have the easiest schedule.’ OK, come over here and play with us then.”

It’ll be interesting to see what coach Mike Tomlin thinks of Ebron’s remarks. Tomlin insisted after Wednesday’s win over the Ravens that the Steelers “make no excuses” regarding the six-day delay of the Week 12 game. Tomlin also may not be thrilled with Ebron’s presumption that the Steelers will be heading to Tampa in February.

71 responses to “Eric Ebron would rather lose game check than play three times in 12 days

  1. Maybe Tom Matte will send Ebron a note, but unlike the inspiring message to Kendall Hinton, his advice to Ebron will be, “Instead of complaining, do what you can to help your team.”

  2. The Lions and Cowboys have been playing three games in twelve days for several years now. Ebron also had a 10 day break on the front end of this whole thing. Buckle up buttercup.

  3. Newsflash Eric. No way you and your team mates are going to the SB. The team in Missouri will blow you guys out.

  4. I don’t understand what the complaint is. Teams play 3 games in 12 days all the time… Sunday, Sunday, Thursday. Literally every team that plays Thursday night football plays 3 games in 12 days unless they have their bye week before it lol.

  5. If 3 games in 12 days is bad for player health, then go see that weak union of yours. That NFL players union seems to be nothing but a rubber stamp. Does the NFL buy off the union leaders?

  6. Is it me, or does this guy talk a lot for someone who really isn’t anything special?

  7. “I’m sure they don’t want to play three games in 12 days either.”

    Hey Eric have you heard of Thursday Night Football? Did you know a bunch of teams have already been playing 3 games in 12 days for years now? But you are the first to cry about it.

  8. Comments like these always tend to backfire. Steelers have a shot to win a championship this year, but they still have a quarter of the regular season to go and that team in KC is ready to take the one seed and the only playoff bye if they slip up down the stretch.

  9. Worry about catching the ball because, you know, you just had a game where you dropped at least 4 passes.

  10. As was already mentioned 3 games in 12 days is no different than when a team plays on Thursday night (which every team does once a season).

    Now their game against the Ravens was originally schedule on Thursday the 26th so all that has happened is that their Thursday game was moved out 6 days and their follow-on game was moved from a Sunday to Monday. So it’s not like they are playing TWO stretches of 3 games in 12 days. It’s the same exact number as originally planned because the league (that you know, wants them to fail) moved that follow-on game out a day to Monday.

    Good thing he doesn’t play QB, he’d have to be traded to the Jets or something….

  11. It seems as though the real gripe here concerns the fact that the Steelers have to play on Weds and then the following Monday. That’s a short turnaround and it’s pretty rough, particularly when one considers that the Ravens get an extra day to heal up.

  12. The team you’re playing on day 12 is the Buffalo Bills, who were SCHEDULED to be playing their 3rd game in 13 days when the teams meet. Get over it Eric….it’s what you signed up for.

  13. Too much dumb in these statements after yesterday’s poor performance at both a team and an individual level. Wish he’d kept his mouth shut. He sounds like a Harbaugh with an extra helping of entitlement.

  14. OK, maybe Eric’s blocking isn’t as effective as Heath Miller’s was, yet he’s been a steady FA pickup who gets open for Ben. But I agree that his complaining about playing so many games in a short time frame, while making 58K a game, does not resonate with fans. Plus, he gave the Chiefs (and other teams) some bulletin board material to digest.

  15. Ebron needs to worry about playing up to his potential, something he hasnt done …

  16. Was he not on the team in 2019 when the Steelers played 3 games in 12 days as part of the regular NFL schedule as many teams do.
    Nov 3
    Nov 10
    Nov 14

  17. At the end of the day, I’m pretty sure the majority of coaches in any sport, at any level, including Mike Tomlin, are just fine with their players working towards the goal of playing in their sport’s championship game.

  18. Ebron needs to worry about catching the damn ball. His drops, along w/ the other WR mishandlings, almost cost them the Ravens game.

  19. I think I understand where he is coming from. It magnifies those drops he is known for. Steelers save $6 mil in cap space by unloading him in the offseason.

  20. If I dropped that many passes in a game, I would probably lay low and keep my mouth shut for at least a week.

    Best thing you could to do help your team Eric would be refuse to play. Then they can put a TE on the field that can actually catch a pass.

  21. enoughofthatalready says:
    December 3, 2020 at 11:09 pm
    Worry about catching the ball because, you know, you just had a game where you dropped at least 4 passes.
    That statement is true for multiple games during his career .

  22. So glad that he is not on my team anymore. I don’t miss watch the drops and temper tantrums.

  23. Does Ebron not get that Wednesday to Monday is more rest than Sunday to Thursday which is what they should have had if this game was on it’s original day

  24. You’re right….they’re out to get you. No one else in this country has had to make any sacrifices

  25. Steelers players and management really trying to play this “the league is against us” crap?

    They were trying to protect you from playing a Ravens team IN A MIDDLE OF AN OUTBREAK and your team getting it.

    Here’s the unspoken truth – the Steelers wanted a forfeit. Honestly, thats just weak sauce. a 10-0 team wanting a forfeit versus their biggest rival.

    I dont care about regular season. Someone is going to easily kick their butts postseason. They are Fulgazi.

  26. I don’t think Tomlin will care much what Ebron says. We’re talking about a coach that tried to trip a player on the field during a play.
    And doesn’t every team that plays a Thursday game play 3 games in 12 days ??

  27. This is precisely what irritates me about many pro athletes. They make so much money, they lose sight of reality.
    We are in the midst of an awful pandemic which has cost millions of people horrific problems. They have lost loved ones and lost jobs, too. They need every dollar they can get just to survive.
    For Ebron to say he doesn’t care about losing a game check smacks of an arrogance and an insult to every hard working American who is hurting from this pandemic.
    I’ll tell you what, Mr. Ebron. Pay me that game check and I’ll go out and play 3 games in 12 days in the NFL, if I have to crawl out there to do it.

  28. Wow that’s terrible you have the work 3 out of 12 days, maybe quit and try the military who have to work everyday so you can whine about working 3.

  29. If players were really worried about safety, they would stop trying to decapitate each other when making a tackle…

  30. Bills play 3 games in 13 days… c’mon guy… its a weird season with weird things happening. It will be ok.

  31. Dear Mr. Ebron,
    I will never discount your feelings or say that you are wrong for feeling that way. It is your right, your money and your health. However, I think you should have kept those feelings to yourself or maybe shared with your family members or even your coach or your therapist. It is ok to vent. However, Complaining about playing a kid’s game and making more than a lot of hard working Americans make in a whole year is honestly bratty and out of touch and completely tone deaf. We are in the midst of a pandemic and a lot of families are losing their jobs, businesses, struggling with bills, can’t afford to put food on the table or have a roof over their heads, your complaining about 3 games in 12 days sounds even more accentuated and more tone deaf and entitled.
    Mr. Ebron, I am sorry to say that you have signed up for this. This comes with the territory. Either, you live with your choice you have made or retire. I am sure, unlike the rest of us, you have made enough cash to sustain you for the rest of your life.

  32. If Ebron would just play once in a week’s time period I think everyone would be happy.

  33. Another guy who thinks they will be in the super bowl based on regular season. Sounds like last year’s Ravens who had their ring fingers measured in December….

  34. Godel and his office have showed so much inconsistency and bias in the last month it is sickening

  35. making millions and crying like babies. Just like the steelers always do. Always a problem. Losers complain.

  36. When we go to the Super Bowl they just better give us the biggest plane, the best hotel, the top of everything,” Ebron said……………………………………………
    The Kiss of death, way to go!

  37. Give that man his wish….sit him for Monday! Take his game check and donate it!

    I guess he will never be a hockey player. they regularly play 3-4 games per WEEK! just as tough a game

    Man up Ebron

  38. Meanwhile, many of us would play all three of those games for just one of his game checks. What happened to playing for the love of the game?

  39. It’s also 3 times in the span of 27 days if you count the rest before and after. But what do you expect from a C+ tight end with a reputation for being soft 🤷🏻‍♂️

  40. fundthepolice says:
    At the end of the day, I’m pretty sure the majority of coaches in any sport, at any level, including Mike Tomlin, are just fine with their players working towards the goal of playing in their sport’s championship game.

    There’s a whole lot of difference between “working toward a goal” of playing in a championship game, and not only predicting but taking for granted you will play in the Super Bowl when we haven’t even finished the regular season.
    Injuries, COVID, a bad day during a playoff game, or countless other factors can derail even the best team from winning a title. Just ask anyone from the 18-and-oh-oh Patriots.
    Being undefeated and a No. 1 seed puts a big enough target on your back. I doubt Mike Tomlin wants his players predicting a Super Bowl berth in the middle of a whiny rant — especially an underachieving, never-done-anything guy like Eric Ebron, who hasn’t been all that big a contributing factor in getting the Steelers to where they’re at.

  41. lol i guess he doesn’t know much about history, the steelers have done this last year, in in 2018 and 2016 and 2015 lol it happens to any team that plays a Thursday night, to Sunday to a Monday nighter. Bears and Jets had to play 3 in 11 days in 2019 and whenever darnolds rookie year was.

  42. It always blows me away when people gripe about stuff that already routinely happens. Every season multiple teams play 3 times in 12 days and I’ve never heard anybody decry it as being so horrific it shouldn’t continue. Yet Ebron wakes up one morning and acts like it’s some totally new concept.

  43. I love to hear the Steelers whine and rant and say stupid stuff and show monumental insensitivity for what’s going on in the world. Ebron is getting right up there with BooHoo Smith-Schuster

  44. It is hilarious that players are griping about this – he is definitely not the only one, but this is the most recent one I saw today. His main complaint is that by rescheduling the Thanksgiving Day game the Steelers will be forced to play 3 games in 12 days, and that it is totally unfair – he really wanted to play on the regularly scheduled day instead. Someone should probably point this out to him: if they had left the games exactly where they were, as he insisted….then they would have played 3 games in 12 days. Every time you play a mid-season Thursday game, you will have almost assuredly played the previous two Sundays — which means that you have played thrice in 12 days. What a moron.

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