The Blades defender was in the squad for the 1-0 Championship win over the Whites at Elland Road.
Sheffield United emerged triumphant over Leeds United in the huge Championship battle between the two title-chasing Yorkshire sides at Elland Road on Saturday.
With a three-horse race for the top two places between the Whites and the Blades plus table toppers Norwich City, there was a lot at stake in West Yorkshire in the day's early kickoff.
In a game where both sides weighed in with plentiful efforts but very few were genuinely dangerous opportunities, it came down to just one chance being taken which ultimately proved the difference.
Chris Basham slotted home the winner from just outside the box in the second half after Billy Sharp capitalised on a mistake by Leeds captain Liam Cooper to bear down towards goal and set up his teammate with a square ball into space.
The result saw Chris Wilder's charges edge up to second in the table with just eight games left of the regular season, with Norwich four points ahead at the summit after their win at Rotherham United.
Following the game, Richard Stearman - who has featured sporadically for the Blades this season and was on the bench at Elland Road - posted a message on Twitter:
Incredible stuff from everybody involved...a powerful week Bladesmen ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/zF8iHJdMGz— Richard Stearman (@the_stears) March 16, 2019
Some Sheff Utd fans responded on the social media platform:
You’re a credit to our club Richard, might not play week in week out, but the knowledge and experience you bring to the dressing room is priceless and you’re always singing the lads praises on here— Claire Wright (@Claire_W82) March 16, 2019
You are a vital part of this squad Richard , never forget that— Steve S.U.F.C.⚽⚪ (@steveball1889) March 16, 2019
Rich, you’re an absolute credit to this football club. If we go up, I’ll get your face tattooed on my back. Please remind me of this after we beat stoke away xxx— Jordan Mitchell (@_jmitchell26) March 16, 2019
Totally agree. @the_stears is extremely important and great professional footballer. Big fan.— Richard Rayner (@rrayner) March 16, 2019
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