Fitzpatrick Says Team United, Rose Decision Came From 'Upstairs'

The free safety said the team is focused on winning a Super Bowl

Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick says there are no issues in the locker room and their goal is to win a Super Bowl.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Fitzpatrick said the team talked briefly about what they would do but the decision to have Antwon Rose Jr.'s name was made by "everyone upstairs."

Pittsburgh Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette told the PM Team the move would have had to gotten approval from Art Rooney II.

"We knew we were gong to have something on the back of our helmets but it wasn't exactly clear," said Fitzpatrick.

He added he doesn't know who exactly made the decision to put the name on their helmets.

On Thursday Steelers Rooney II released a statement saying players can make a choice on what name they want on the back of their helmets.

Center Maurkice Pouncey said he didn't' have all the information when he had Rose's name on the back of his helmet and indicated he would likely have another name on Sunday.

The controversy all started on Monday after the Steelers announced every player would have Rose's name on the back of their helmets.

During the game against the Giants Monday, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva had the name of fallen Silver Star recipient Alwyn Cashe.

Cashe, a Black man and Sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, gave his life to rescue fellow soldiers after an improvised explosive device caused damage to the Bradley tank he was in while on a route clearance mission in Iraq in October 2005.

Cashe, covered in fuel, helped rescue six fellow soldiers, pulling them from the burning vehicle, all while his uniform continued to burn.

Cashe refused to be rescued by medical staff until this fellow soldiers were tended to.

With burns to over 70 percent of his body, Cashe died under a month after the incident.

Cashe posthumously was awarded the Silver Star for heroism and there are calls that he be awarded the Medal of Honor, a call that is backed by the Pentagon.

Villanueva served as an Army Ranger and received a Bronze Star for valor and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.