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Chase Claypool defends infamous 'losing?' tweet

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Audacy
 2021-10-07
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It's kind of hard to believe that the Steelers were 11-0 last year at one point, and the wins didn't just come against pushover teams. They utterly destroyed the Browns in Week 6 by a score of 38-7. They defeated the Titans, Ravens and Cowboys in succession the next three weeks. And it was reason to celebrate for everyone on the team and in the city, which is what Chase Claypool did on social media after their first victory over Baltimore.

To many, this tweet did not exactly age well. Twitter user @GiantsReek, who has just under 200 followers, resurfaced Claypool's tweet following the Steelers' Week 4 loss to the Packers, mentioning that Pittsburgh is 2-8 since the WR's tweet. And it received a whole lot of attention — over 19,000 likes and nearly 2,000 retweets. And Claypool decided to confront all his critics by providing his own perspective on things, one that transcended football and showed us that he still hasn't quite heard of "losing" in life.

"I was the first one in my family to go and finish college," Claypool wrote in the tweet. "I graduated from one of the most prestigious universities in the world. I bought both my parents brand new cars at the age of 21. At the age of 22 I bought my family and I a house.

"Losing? Still never heard of her."

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As expected (at least by me), the responses to the post were mixed. Some applauded him for confronting the "trolls" out there and proving that he truly is winning by doing great things in life for himself and others. Some argued that the apparent change in tone from talking about football to talking about life was a little bit inauthentic.

In any event, fans would probably be a lot more agreeable if the Steelers were winning games this year like they were in 2020, but that just isn't the case. Claypool has performed fairly well, though he has yet to haul in a touchdown, and it's hard to say whether or not he'll show too much improvement in his sophomore campaign seeing as the QB play from Ben Roethlisberger looks about as poor as ever to this point in the season.

All that aside, Claypool is currently ranked as the No. 55 WR in terms of his Pro Football Focus grade (66.6), second on the team behind Diontae Johnson (72.4). Hopefully, the passing game will improve and allow Claypool to move back toward — and surpass — what he achieved in his exciting debut campaign.

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