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Here is what Ben Roethlisberger said to Maurkice Pouncey on bench

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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.

Video: Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey emotional after Steelers loss

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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.

Steelers owner weighs in on Alejandro Villanueva, Maurkice Pouncey decal situation

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.

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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.

Maurkice Pouncey goes off on profanity-laced rant about new CBA

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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.

Maurkice Pouncey says Steelers have no hard feelings toward Le’Veon Bell

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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.

Steelers troll Browns with game ball presentation after revenge win

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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 suspension upheld; Maurkice Pouncey’s reduced

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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.

Steelers fans already offering to pay Maurkice Pouncey’s fine

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Maurkice Pouncey was among those ejected for his role in a fight at the end of Thursday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns game, and Steelers fans already have his back.

Mason Rudolph was taken down by Myles Garrett on a third-and-long pass in the final minute, and the two began scrapping on the ground. Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and later used it as a weapon to bash the quarterback in the head. Pouncey, the Steelers’ center, saw right in front of him what Garrett did and went after the Browns defensive star immediately.

Pouncey ended up throwing some punches and kicks at Garrett after seeing the way he bashed Rudolph in the head.

Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, and Pouncey were all ejected. Some are already expecting discipline for Pouncey for throwing punches and kicks, such as a suspension and/or fines.

Steelers fans have already stepped up with an offer to cover Pouncey’s fine. They recognize the way the center was defending his teammate and liked how he did so without hesitation.

A few current NFL players also defended Pouncey for his response.

Some may feel discipline for Pouncey is called for, but I have no problem at all with what he did. He saw his quarterback viciously harmed and went in to protect and defend his teammate right away. That’s the kind of teammate you want protecting your quarterback.

Maurkice Pouncey defends Roethlisberger against Le’Veon Bell criticism

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Ben Roethlisberger has come under fire this offseason thanks to some of the things Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have said about him on their way out of Pittsburgh, but Maurkice Pouncey wants to make it clear that not everyone who played with the quarterback feels that way.

In a lengthy interview with Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated, Bell admitted that Roethlisberger “was a factor” in his wanting to leave the Steelers. He indicated his belief is that Big Ben feels he’s bigger than the team.

“Quarterbacks are leaders; it is what it is,” Bell said. “(But) you’re still a teammate at the end of the day. You’re not (general manager) Kevin Colbert. You’re not (team owner) Art Rooney.”

Brown has made similar remarks about Roethlisberger this offseason, and Pouncey wanted to set the record straight on Wednesday.

“I’ve been with Ben going on 10yr I swear on my kids he is a true LEADER!! sucks to see players who leave and are mad at the organization now try and point fingers like they are perfect! But this is the world we live in now!” Pouncey wrote.

Pouncey is not the first member of the Steelers organization to stand behind Roethlisberger this offseason, and you have to take anything Brown and Bell say with a grain of salt. They clearly had several strained relationships in Pittsburgh, even if their issues with Big Ben have attracted the most attention.

Maurkice Pouncey becomes highest-paid center in league

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Maurkice Pouncey is getting paid by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers and Pouncey have agreed to a three-year contract averaging $11 million a year, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal would make Pouncey the highest-paid center in the league.

Pouncey signed a 5-year, $44.1 million contract with Pittsburgh in 2014 and was due to make $7 million this season. He is considered a leader on the Steelers and has missed just two games over the past three seasons.

The 29-year-old missed all of the 2015 season due to a bad leg injury but has proven to be healthy and valuable since.