The Ravens and the Steelers don’t meet until the middle of November -- then again two weeks later -- but the Ravens are clearly on the mind of Steelers safety Ryan Clark, even if he tried to say otherwise on Wednesday.
Appearing on NFL Network, Clark, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2011, was asked about how much he hates the Ravens. He downplayed it at first, but he made it clear that he has a bitter taste in his mouth after the Ravens swept the season series against the Steelers in 2011, including a 35-7 beatdown in Week 1.
“I get that question a lot and I don’t really hate them,” Clark said. “I was working out with Terrell Suggs this summer before his injury and he’s a really cool dude. He said it himself that people don’t understand that we only hate you two or three weeks out of the year. I will say this about the Ravens: Playing that first game last year and watching them dance on the field, seeing them fake an extra point while up 27 already, it allowed me to understand how much they actually dislike us as an organization. It brewed and stirred up a little hate in me also for me to understand how I have to approach playing them and how I have to look at them.”
Clark then said he doesn’t think about the Ravens when he’s not playing them -- and to be fair, he was simply answering a question that was posed to him on the air -- but preceded to take a couple of jabs at the Ravens.
“I still feel like this organization we worry about winning championships. We don’t focus on beating one team,” he said. “It won’t be Gatorade baths because we beat the Ravens, it won’t be parties, it won’t be bottles popping and confetti. It will be one game on our journey to win the Super Bowl and I always look at that.”
The Ravens, of course, have to play 10 other games before they travel to Heinz Field. But just in case you are wondering, it's only 88 days until the Steelers host the Ravens for "Sunday Night Football” on November 18.