Sorry kid. I played from 5 to college & have been coaching now for a long time. I said talk is cheap...So you just reiterated what I said. Who gives a $hit if you want to talk...You got to earn it to have people follow. This perspective of Leadership by you is ridiculous! If a core ST player was a great leader do you think the troops would rally around him & follow? Do you see rookies all over the league coming in & taking on that role? No...You have to earn the respect of your team mates before you could lead them. That takes time & hard work.
Talent first makes the team...Plain & simple. When you are making plays on the field & taking the team on your back...You earn that respect. If that player wants to lead his team...They will follow. Being a leader can be that vocal guy between the lines or on the sideline. It could also be that guy in the locker room. You don't have to see that "Ray Lewis" run the mouth on the field to be a vocal leader. There is more leadership going on from film day until game day breakfast than the 60 minutes they are on the field together.
They are many on this roster who earned the respect of their team mates & are viewed as leaders. This teams lacking of leadership didn't start the downward spiral...It has been lacking talent because those leaders got old & the talent fizzled. This team has been injected with youthful talent & that is what will ignite them. Yes... Leaders are born not made...But Leaders also rise to the surface when their time comes. That time has come. As the vet leaders leave...The young ones take their place. You want to list players that were the face of this franchise over time...That's a good thing. But look at your list. What's the common denominator? There is you answer. Talented...Productive players for the Steelers. It was their work ethic & production that made them leaders in their teammates eyes...It wasn't their ability to lead that made them productive.