Tomlinson, the Chargers’ all-time rushing leader and a Pro Football Hall of Famer who’s now a TV analyst, let Elliott have it, saying he absolutely quit on his teammates.
And Tomlinson wasn’t alone.
The dean of NFL writers, The MMQB’s Peter King, singled out Elliott in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. Wrote King:
At the time of the interception, Harris was about five yards away from Elliott. Elliott immediately stopped and put his hands on his hips and didn’t chase Harris. Harris ran to his left, passing maybe four yards from Elliott at their closest point. Eventually, in a zig-zag course, Harris ran back to his right and was tackled by a Dallas lineman.
I was just like, ‘Wow! If I’d see my dad in that right now, I probably would have freaked out.’
Heyward has honored his father’s legacy by becoming one of the NFL’s premier defensive linemen. The Steelers will need that strong play to continue with fellow end Stephon Tuitt likely out for at least one game with a biceps injury suffered in Sunday’s 21-18 win over Cleveland.
Heyward praised Tuitt and congratulated him on the new five-year, $60 million contract extension he signed just before the regular-season opener. Heyward, though, also believes the Steelers can weather Tuitt’s absence because of the unit’s depth that includes Tyson Alualu, the former Jaguars first-round pick who notched five tackles in extensive snaps against the Browns.