Former Steelers DB Ryan Clark Ruthlessly Blasted Chase Claypool for His Costly Late-Game Celebrating: ‘He Only Cares About Himself’

During the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings‘ Week 14 Thursday Night Football game, Steelers WR Chase Claypool made a crucial (and brainless) mistake during the closing moments.

Claypool has been the subject of constant criticism since the moment the game ended, and it doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. Fans, former players, and NFL analysts alike are crushing the second-year WR for the clueless mistake.

Chase Claypool wasted precious time by celebrating

The play has been making the rounds on Twitter over the past 24 hours. However, for those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s a brief synopsis of what took place.

The Steelers were down eight points with under a minute to go. However, the offense was driving down the field and would seemingly get one or two final shots at the end zone. Instead, any momentum Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense had was quickly halted by Claypool.

Upon moving the chains on a crucial fourth-and-one, Claypool took the time to celebrate. His teammates quickly rushed over in an attempt to grab the ball (to spike it). However, the ball was knocked away amidst all the chaos and confusion, bouncing in the wrong direction. The clock kept on ticking, and the Steelers lost roughly 25 seconds of crucial time.

There’s no telling if Pittsburgh was even going to score on the drive. However, it was a terrible look that highlighted Claypool’s lack of game awareness on a national setting. Add in the fact that the Steelers have struggled to win games this year, and fans were even more upset than usual.

Former Steelers DB Ryan Clark crushed Chase Claypool for his celebration

During the most recent airing of ESPN’s Get Up, former Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark did not hold back with his assessment of Claypool. He tore into the young receiver, criticizing his character and overall mental fortitude.

“Chase Claypool is as mentally and emotionally underdeveloped as he is physically overdeveloped,” Clark said. “He only cares about himself! And that self-centeredness is part of what’s bringing the Steelers team and organization down.”

Extremely harsh words from a player who’s primarily respected around Pittsburgh due to his role in helping bring a Super Bowl to the city in 2008.

When questioned about the play, Claypool claimed the delay was caused by the ball being knocked out of his hands. However, it’s clear upon a closer look that his initial celebration resulted in everything taking place. He should’ve run the ball over to Big Ben the second he was tackled.

The Steelers are tumbling out of the playoff picture

Steelers DB Chase Claypool.
Chase Claypool | Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Whether you want to blame Claypool for the loss or not, the truth of the matter is the Steelers are quickly tumbling out of the AFC playoff picture. They’re currently the No. 10 seed in the AFC and face an uphill battle to get back into a postseason spot.

The Indianapolis Colts looked primed to take over the final playoff spot should the Buffalo Bills slip out of it. It’s hard to imagine the Steelers leapfrogging both teams by the season’s end.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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