Before quickly exiting the locker room following Wednesday’s practice, the controversial player — who already has made himself a villain in the eyes of Steelers fans — not to mention the team’s players — uttered his antagonistic attitude toward the Bengals’ bitter division rivals.
“I hate Pittsburgh,” he said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It’s not personal. That’s just the way it is.”
Burfict arguably has made a case for being Public Enemy No. 1 among Steelers Nation due to his conduct in the two games played between the squads this season.
Nothing ratchets up the bad blood between division rivals like a playoff game. With the teams splitting the season series and tensions running high, the third matchup has all the makings of a bitter battle.
And Burfict’s comments certainly aren’t going to temper the extreme animosity that already exists between the two teams.