Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey have shown a ton of mutual respect for one another since the Pittsburgh Steelers season ended, and that was turned up another notch this week when Pouncey announced his retirement.
Pouncey and his twin brother Mike issued a statement on Friday confirming that they will not play in 2021. Roethlisberger then spoke in an interview about how he is having trouble processing the news. The quarterback then shared a nice tribute to Pouncey on Twitter, and Pouncey returned the love.
Roethlisberger is expected to play at least one more season, though he has not made his decision official. There has not been talk about whether Pouncey’s retirement will influence Big Ben’s own playing future.
Pouncey and Roethlisberger had an emotional exchange on the bench following Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns. Big Ben said how badly he felt for his teammate, as Pouncey never won a Super Bowl with the Steelers. You can see the video of the exchange here.
No single player will be more impacted by Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement than Ben Roethlisberger, and Pittsburgh Steelers fans may now have to worry about the quarterback second-guessing his own future in the NFL.
Pouncey and his twin brother Mike announced on Friday that they are retiring. Roethlisberger spoke Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the news, and Dulac was left with the impression that Pouncey retiring could impact Roethlisberger’s desire to play in 2021.
Roethlisberger says Pouncey called him and some other Steelers players on Thursday to deliver the news. Big Ben said he “didn’t feel right trying to talk him out of it.”
“I’m still processing him retiring,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s hard for me.”
While difficult, the decision was not unexpected. Roethlisberger says Pouncey told the Steelers following their playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns that he had played his final game. He didn’t make it official until this week.
“I hate to say he’s the greatest teammate and competitor I’ve ever been around, but at the end of the day that’s what it is — he’s the greatest teammate and competitor I’ve been around,” Roethlisberger told Dulac. “And that’s no slight to anybody else.”
Roethlisberger and Pouncey had an emotional exchange on the bench following the Browns loss. Big Ben said how badly he felt for his teammate, as Pouncey never won a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh. You can see the video of the exchange here.
All indications to this point have been that Roethlisberger will be back next season. We tend to doubt that Pouncey’s retirement will cause him to change his mind, but you never know.
Maurkice and Mike Pouncey have been two of the best centers in the NFL for the past decade, and both of the twin brothers are calling it a career.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster, who now hosts a radio show, announced on Friday that both Maurkice and Mike Pouncey are retiring. They issued lengthy statements thanking fans, teammates, coaches, family members and others for their support.
Maurkice spent his entire career with the Steelers after they drafted him 18th overall in 2010. He made nine Pro Bowls and was named a First-team All-Pro three times. Mike was drafted 15th overall by the Miami Dolphins and spent seven years there before playing the last three for the Los Angeles Chargers. He is a four-time Pro Bowler.
After the Steelers were eliminated from the postseason this year, Maurkice and Ben Roethlisberger shared an emotional moment on the bench. Roethlisberger said how badly he felt for his teammate, so it’s possible he knew that was the last NFL game Maurkice was going to play. You can see the video of the exchange here.
The Pouncey brothers were both stars at Florida, where they helped the Gators win a national championship in 2009.
Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey shared an emotional moment on the bench together after the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night, and we now what was said between the two.
Footage that aired on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” this week showed an emotional Roethlisberger apologizing to Pouncey. The quarterback told Pouncey “I feel worse for you than me.”
Roethlisberger and Pouncey are both entering the final years of their contracts. Roethlisberger is owed $41.2 million and Pouncey $14.4 million, so the exchange may have been an acknowledgement that the 2020 season could have been one of their last together.
Big Ben has also won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh, and both came before Pouncey was drafted by the team in 2010. Pouncey is 31 and should have more years left in the NFL than the 38-year-old Roethlisberger, but Ben knows how tough it is to win a championship.
Another angle of Roethlisberger and Pouncey appeared to show that Big Ben was crying. After the way the Steelers started the 2020 season, you can understand why they are so disappointed with the finish.
Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey were emotional after their Pittsburgh Steelers lost 48-37 to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.
The Steelers fell behind 28-0 due to a series of errors early in the game and were unable to come back. Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards and four touchdowns, but was intercepted four times.
After the game, he and Pouncey were emotional on the team’s bench.
Big Ben appeared to have a tear in his eye too.
Both players are entering the final years of their deal. Roethlisberger is owed $41.2 million and Pouncey $14.4 million. Given their contract situations, they are very aware that this might be one of their final years together.
Roethlisberger reportedly wants to play next season, but it’s hard seeing your career come towards an end on a disappointing note like that.
There has been some disagreement among Pittsburgh Steelers players over which name to display on their helmets during games, and team owner Art Rooney II shared some of his thoughts on the situation in a statement this week.
The NFL has given players permission to wear the names or initials of individuals who were victims of racism on their helmets this season. The Steelers chose as a team to use Antwon Rose Jr.’s name. Rose was 17-year-old who was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh in 2018. Villanueva replaced Rose’s name on Monday night with that of deceased Army sergeant Alwyn Cashe, an African-American war hero who died in Iraq in 2005 after suffering severe injuries while saving his men from a burning vehicle.
Steelers veteran Maurkice Pouncey revealed in an Instagram post this week that he will also be removing Rose’s name from his helmet. The center said he was given “limited information” on Rose’s case and that he should have done more to understand the situation. He also said his focus is on improving the relationship between police officers and their communities.
Rose was pulled over because his car matched the description of a vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting earlier that night. Another teen who was in the vehicle, Zaijuan Hester, pleaded guilty to being the shooter. The officer who shot Rose was charged with homicide but acquitted after trial.
Rooney issued a statement on Thursday addressing the back-and-forth over the helmet decals. He said the team supports the right of all players to express their individual beliefs.
“As an organization, we respect the decisions of each player, coach and staff member relating to how to express themselves on social justice topics,” Rooney wrote. “We will continue to support our social initiatives to fight against social injustice and systemic racism not only in our area, but around the country.”
Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, also strayed from the team three years ago with national anthem protests. Ben Roethlisberger was among those who spoke out about the situation and expressed regret over the way the Steelers handled it.
The NFL and NFL Players Association are moving closer to agreeing upon a new collective bargaining agreement, but Maurkice Pouncey feels very strongly about the union not signing off on the current proposal.
The NFLPA voted early Wednesday morning to submit the latest CBA proposal for approval, meaning the players will now vote on whether or not they want it implemented. Pouncey feels the CBA would be horrible for the players, and the Pittsburgh Steelers center went off about the proposal in a profanity-laced rant on Instagram live. Beware that the video below contains inappropriate language:
Pouncey also said that he and his twin brother, Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey, have plenty of money and are willing to make loans to their fellow players if there is a lockout. The current CBA does not expire until after the 2020 season, so there is still a long way to go before a lockout would be necessary.
With the NFLPA having submitted the proposed CBA to the players for approval, all it would take is a simple majority vote for it to be ratified. That means more than half of the roughly 2,000 players in the league would need to approve it. The approval does not have to be unanimous.
Pouncey’s teammate, Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster, appeared to disagree with Pouncey that the proposed CBA is a terrible deal for the players. Foster is a player rep, and he sent a series of tweets about people sharing opinions on the CBA when they are not fully informed. He also took a veiled swipe at players who are now concerned about the CBA after not attending meetings for the past several years.
Pouncey did not list specific reasons why he is furious over the CBA proposal, but players have had concerns about expanding to a 17-game season, the offseason schedule and other aspects of the agreement.
Le’Veon Bell sat out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but one of his former teammates insists that did not result in the star running back having a strained relationship with him or other members of the team.
With the Steelers traveling to New York to face the Jets this weekend, veteran center Maurkice Pouncey was asked how Bell will be received by his former teammates. Pouncey said it will be all love.
Either Pouncey is putting on a front for the media, or enough time has passed where the Steelers no longer hold ill will toward Bell for basically abandoning them last season. If you remember, Pouncey was one of the players who ripped Bell for being selfish during his holdout. There were also rumors that Steelers players cleaned out Bell’s locker for him as a way of saying “good riddance.”
Players know the NFL is a business, so perhaps many of Bell’s former teammates have a better understanding of his situation now. Still, it’s hard to believe there is no one in the Pittsburgh locker room who is bitter toward him over the way things transpired.
The Pittsburgh Steelers got their revenge on the Cleveland Browns in Week 13, and they celebrated it in a particularly appropriate way.
After Sunday’s 20-13 victory over the Browns, the Steelers presented the game ball to none other than center Maurkice Pouncey, per Diana Russini of ESPN.
Pouncey was suspended two games for his role in the ugly brawl involving Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett that went down the last time these two played. He did not suit up on Sunday as he served the second game of his suspension.
The seven-time Pro Bowl center was largely praised for defending his QB in the brawl, and the team found a fitting reward of sorts for him as well.
Myles Garrett met with the NFL this week to appeal his indefinite suspension, but the Cleveland Browns star did not have any luck. Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, however, had his suspension reduced.
Garrett’s suspension, which will last through at least the remainder of the regular season and playoffs if the Browns make it that far, has been upheld. Pouncey’s had been cut from three games to two.
Garrett will be required to meet with the league at some point before he can be reinstated, but he will not play again in 2019. His unprecedented suspension stems from swinging a helmet at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and clubbing him in the head with it. Garrett reportedly said in his appeal Wednesday that Rudolph set him off by using a racial slur, but players on both sides have said they did not hear it.
Pouncey’s suspension stems from him throwing punches at Garrett and kicking him while he was on the ground after Garrett hit Rudolph in the head with a helmet. Steelers fans have offered to pay Pouncey’s fine since he was defending his quarterback.