“Being within the league for therefore lengthy, you see a few of these drafted dudes coming in so cocky,” Haden mentioned. “You get these undrafted dudes, they’re much more humble. They’re simply plain hungry and able to pay attention. My factor is I am at all times right here to provide individuals data. I actually let my sport converse for itself. However after I see dudes like Mike and these youthful guys coming into the league, I can inform all they need is just a few recommendation and be the perfect they are often. While you see dudes like him, particularly an undrafted man working his tail off and is simply keen to grind it and love the sport, it is simple for me to take guys like that below my wing.”
Requested the distinction between a Bengals-Browns sport and a Bengals-Steelers sport, Haden has a tough time main you thru that one.
“There’s a whole lot of hatred in all of these video games,” Haden mentioned. “Some individuals will not like the opposite one a bit bit extra, but it surely’s only a very, very bodily battle. You understand what you are going to get whenever you see one another over time. Simply typically, no one within the AFC (North) likes one another.”
However he is aware of what Hilton is bringing to the present chapter of the rivalry. Down by the years it has been outlined by the Carson Palmer torn ACL (2005), the Bengals protection (2009’s Warfare of 18-12), Jeremy Hill’s fumble (2015) and Ben Roethlisberger’s successful TD cross with 10 second left towards zero blitz (2018). Now Bengals sturdy security Von Bell’s Monday Evening hit on JuJu Smith-Schuster (2020) takes us by the subsequent few video games.
“(Hilton) is the sort of man you need in your locker room. He is a work-first man,” Haden mentioned. “There’s not an excessive amount of rah-rah with Mike. He is not a giant man. However the way in which he blitzes and the way in which he’s within the run sport, that does not go unnoticed. That is why everybody on the workforce has a lot respect for him. He is all about motion. That is why he will get a lot respect within the locker room.”
Make no mistake. Hilton loves what he obtained from Haden and the opposite Steelers.