The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Minnesota Vikings this year in the annual Hall of Fame and cornerback Antwon Blake is already looking forward to that contest, which will coincidentally take place on his 25th birthday.
“Can’t wait to knock someone’s head off…hof game on my bday….perfect turn up celebration,” tweeted Blake on Wednesday.
Can’t wait to knock someone’s head off…hof game on my bday….perfect turn up celebration 😎
— Antwon V. Blake (@ZillaMane41) July 22, 2015
While there is perhaps a bit of hyperbole there in Blake’s tweet, he obviously can’t wait to hit a player wearing a different colored uniform during the preseason. Blake, who will presumably enter training camp this year as the No. 3 cornerback on the Steelers depth chart, has become quite the follow on Twitter over the course of the last year as he apparently loves interacting with fans on the social media platform.
“I feel like it’s a good way to connect with those who support you,” Blake recently told Teresa Varley of steelers.com. “It kind of opens your eyes because I wasn’t really aware of how many people saw me play, saw my hard work. Anytime someone tweets me I try to respond or retweet them because it’s a great way to show fans you appreciate their support.”
After Blake made his most recent proclamation, one fan advised him to be careful about the words he chooses to use as he’s afraid the former undrafted free agent might get fined by the league for stating that he wanted to “knock someone’s head off.”
“I don’t have any money for him to take,” replied Blake to the fan.
Blake registered a career-high 42 total tackles last year during the regular-season in addition to forcing a key fumble late in the final game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also recorded his first career interception last season in the Steelers 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Texas-El Paso product, who originally entered the league in 2012 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was also a key member of the Steelers special teams last season as he registered seven total tackles while covering both punts and kickoffs.