Ravens S Eric Weddle won’t feel validated til he beats Steelers

Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle has spent over a year in his new home now, but he’s quickly become a leader and he wants to make one thing perfectly clear to the younger Ravens that look up to him: beating the Pittsburgh Steelers means everything.

When asked about the intensity of the AFC North rivalry, he was pretty tough on himself for how they played against their primary opposition in his lone season.

“It’s intense, it’s physical, it’s heart-pumping every play,” Weddle said according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “You just, as a player, you’re so locked in and laser-focused, that this play can make the difference between winning and losing. [I’m] sharing that with the young guys that, you don’t really become a Raven until you play in this game and you win against the Steelers.”

Of the 53 players that are on the Ravens roster, 21 of them are in their first year with the squad and will be trying to beat the Steelers for the first time on Sunday. Weddle went 1-1 against the Steelers in his first season but lost the more critical battle with the AFC North on the line in Week 16.

Pittsburgh would go on to make the AFC Championship Game, while the Ravens did not make the postseason.

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