When Ziggy Hood walked into the Steelers locker room on Monday, it hit him right away that the player who served as a mentor and friend to him for his first few seasons was no longer around.
“I have Aaron Smith’s locker right next to mine,” said Hood. “It’s weird seeing that void there. But he is going to be lurking through the hallways soon. He is going to come and visit. When he comes in he will be welcomed with open arms.”
Hood, as well as the other young defensive linemen, counted on Smith for advice and guidance, but know it’s now time for them to step up into a similar role.
“It’s going to be strange when we do have practice and go out there and he isn’t going to be there helping to make you better,” said Hood. “We have to get better as a team, especially as a defensive line. Young guys have to step up and take control of it.”
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