“One Of The Classiest, Fiercest Competitors I’ve Ever Coached”

November 24th, 2021

Lauded vet

What a year it has been for the oldest defensive player in the National Football League.

Yes, that guy plays for the Bucs. He’s defensive tackle Steve McLendon.

Joe is fascinated by McLendon for the sole reason that he was traded to the Bucs by the Jets on a Saturday and still opted to play for New York on Sunday. The trade was not going to be official until after the game.

Who does that??

An undrafted rookie in 2009 with the Steelers, McLendon is a warrior journeyman kind of guy who turns 36 in January. Bucco Bruce Arians told Dan Lucas of WFLA-TV, Ch. 8, that the Bucs are very lucky to have him.

“Steve McLendon is one of the classiest, fiercest competitors I’ve ever coached,” Arians said. “I saw him as a rookie come in in Pittsburgh. I mean he is the ultimate professional. If he’s active, he’s playing great. If he’s not active, he’s cheering everybody on and coaching.”

Arians also emphasized that McLendon had “a heck of a ballgame” against the Giants on Monday night outside of his first career interception.

McLendon represents another winning free agency/trade move for the Jason Licht/Arians regime. There certainly have been a lot more wins than losses since March of 2020.

8 Responses to ““One Of The Classiest, Fiercest Competitors I’ve Ever Coached””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    We need all our D-Linemen vs Colts this Sunday. The trenches will be extremely physical

  2. Coburn Says:

    I mean if I was being paid to play in the game I would do the same, but I get what you mean I guess. I remember handing a document to the client to sign on my last day at work after getting 3 weeks layoff notice (they are cheap, instead of just paying out they wanted us to work the 3 weeks)

    Is he a professional? Absolutely

  3. Jersey buc Says:

    What’s up with D.white? He get hurt last play of the game?

  4. Mort Says:

    Not a free-agency move when the dude was traded. You even noted this in the article. It was a non-draft player acquisition…. But not free-agency.

  5. Darin Says:

    Welcome to the NFL estrogen Pete. Every game is extremely physical.

  6. Winny Testaverde Says:

    He was at the end of his contract in 2020 and was signed as a free agent in 2021.

  7. Miller5252 Says:

    That INT looked way too familiar…. That’s why I said what in the name of Jameis Winston was he throwing at?!?!


    He’s not a journeyman. Longtime starter for Steelers. Starter for jets. Finishing his career as a backup.