Pittsburgh Steelers fans took offense when Trevor Lawrence referred to the Terrible Towels as "little yellow towels" heading into Week 8. Although Lawrence's description was accurate, Steelers fans didn't take the comments well. They got even more pissed off when safety Andrew Wingard used one to celebrate his second interception, one that helped the Jacksonville Jaguars win.
Wingard started in relief of Andre Cisco, who missed the game with a hamstring injury. He made the most of his opportunity and snagged an interception in the second half.
While the interception alone was a topic worthy of conversation, Wingard then proceeded to put the cherry on top by taking a yellow little towel away from a Steelers fan to celebrate his big play.
However you look at it, that's a boss move. Wingard took an important piece of the Steelers lore to celebrate his big play and make a statement: Even though the Jaguars were playing on the road, they were the better team. Pittsburgh fans weren't amused and took to social media to express their displeasure:
Just to be clear, Andrew Wingard took a piece of yellow fabric and waived it to celebrate an interception. That's why prompted this Twitter (yes, Twitter) user to go into a profanity-laden tirade.
Heading into the game, wide receiver George Pickens raised eyebrows when he said that the Jacksonville defense relied on hope to stop opponents. Wingard and the secondary showed him that wasn't the case. They showed at Acrisure Stadium in Week 8 and limited the Pittsburgh offense to 261 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Jacksonville Jaguars hit it out of the ball park when they re-signed Andrew Wingard
Andrew Wingard became a free agent in the offseason and it didn't look like the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to bring him back due to the presence of the starting tandem of Rayshawn Jenkins and Andre Cisco. However, they gave Dewey a three-year deal worth $9 million. At the time, the move seemed odd, given that he was a reserve but he's proven it was the right decision all along.
Wingard, an undrafted free agent in 2019, progressively worked his way up the depth chart. In 2021, he was the Week 1 starter opposite Jenkins. The following season, he became the main backup at safety but embraced his role and became an important presence in the locker room. Earlier this year, he was named team captain, a distinction he takes very seriously.
It's also worth noting that Cisco could've played. He's hurt but if the Jaguars needed him, he might have suited up. Then again, it wasn't necessary, and Wingard is a big reason why. As important as he's in the locker room, he's no slouch. He proved this in Week 8.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have several difference-makers on the roster but they also have several players that can rise to the occasion if called upon. Andrew Wingard was one of those players against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8.