This is the third installment of Why I Want to See _____ in a Steelers Jersey. You can read the last article about Brandon Harris here.
You might be thinking out loud, in your head, or to a buddy, “Hey, two Pouncey’s? That’d be great!” My thoughts exactly, but would having two Pouncey’s actually benefit the Steelers? Yeah, I think it would. Maurkice or Mark, as I call him a really good center, and Mike, a really swell guard, that would overall benefit the Steelers O-Line.
The first reason is that the Steelers need some BIG help in the Offensive Line department. Do
you know how many sacks they have given up on Ben Roethlisberger? 274. Compared to a team like the New England Patriots who only gave up 187 sacks since ’04. If you ask me, or anybody else for that matter, that’s a whale of a difference. I believe that Mike Pouncey can sway that number in the right direction. Although the O-Line has seemed to improve slightly, Mike Pouncey could be an immediate upgrade to the guards, which consist of Chris Kemoeatu, Trai Essex, and Ramon Foster. Plus he is a very versatile lineman so he can help out at any position, if needed.
Another reason is that Mike and Mark are identical twins. That, I believe, means they have the same exact genes and therefore would equally be as good at football as the other. Unless of course one of them trains and works harder than the other. This could be a totally unfounded statement, but I think its true. Also we already know how he would look Black and Gold.
Quick Look at Mike Pouncey
Weight- 303 lbs
40 YD Dash- 5.2
Bench Reps- 24 at 225 lbs
So here we go our top five Steelers of the regular season. I knew these were the five that deserved to be up here but putting them in a particular order was tough for me, and well here it is
5. Rashard Mendenhall
I think a spot in the top 5 is well deserved just due to his stats, however it was hard for me to decide where in the top 5 to put him. Finally though I decided he belonged at number 5. As I just said his stats were great, He carried 324 times for 1,273 for an average of 3.9 and 13 rushing TDs. He was also a small help in the passing game catching 23 pass for 167 yards. I think his touchdowns alone are a spectacular stat 13 is tied for second most in Steelers history by a running back. I think that he was robbed of a spot in the Pro bowl.
4. Maurkice Pouncey
WOW! Would be the first thing I have to say about Pouncey. Who thought after pick 18 of the 2010 NFL draft that we would have a star rookie center. He is a Pro Bowl center as a rookie that is amazing . He is the first rookie O lineman to do so since tackle Frank Varrichione for the 1955 season.Now that is quite an accomplishment. Plus he has done well with a crew of misfits beside him on the line
3. Mike Wallace
Faster than the speed of light, Mike “The Flash” Wallace, takes the third spot in our top ten. Everyone thought with Santonio Holmes gone we would have big problems in the WR position but we didn’t miss a beat with Wallace. One reason I put him on here is because with the stats he has, he should be a Pro Bowl wide receiver. His stats include: 60 catches for 1,257 yards and 10 TDs. Also amazingly 26 20+ yard catches and 10 40+ yard catches. We can’t forget his 7 100+ yard games either.
2. Ben Roethlisberger
A QB is the leader of a football team. That is exactly what Ben has been this year a leader even through good and bad situations. I mean we all now how the year started with him in a little trouble with the league, but once his suspension was over he stepped in lead the team to 9 wins. His stats weren’t to shabby either he thew for 3,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. The best thing I liked out of Ben was seeing sort of a maturing on the field he threw only 5 interceptions and was only sacked 32 times. The thing I like the most about Ben is he just knows how to win, and that’s what he’s done this year.
1. Troy Polamalu
Who knows who the best player is better than the team? Well no one, they voted Troy Polamalu as their team MVP so in my eyes that automatically gives him this spot. That however is not alone why I gave him this spot, another reason would be that he is a game changer at any point of the game (Like in the Ravens Game) he can make a play that wins the game. The third reason would be his stats, he didn’t get into the Pro Bowl for no reason. His stats were 63 tackles 1 sack 1 forced fumble and 7 interceptions, which was tied best career year.