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July 17, 2013

STAIRWAY TO SEVEN: Poor judgment makes Pouncey a poor leader

By Corey J. Corbin
Allied News Sports Columnist

0PINION — I’VE GOT TO BE honest with you — Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey isn’t one of my favorite Steelers.

To be quite honest, I think he’s really overrated.

By all accounts, he’s considered to be among the game’s top centers, but what I see is a guy who struggles to stay on the field and a guy that struggles against the game’s elite defensive and nose tackles.

Is he better than some of the guys the Black and Gold have trotted out there since the days of Mike Webster, Dermontti Dawson and Jeff Hartings?

You bet.

But, I wouldn’t put him anywhere close to Webster, Dawson and Hartings.

I know this might considered sacrilege to some Steelers fans — kind of like me calling out Troy Polamalu on several occasions — but I’m just not enthralled with the guy.

After Saturday night, I can add another check mark in the column for why I dislike the guy.

I’m sure by now most of you have either seen or heard about how Pouncey and twin brother Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey hit the scene to celebrate their shared birthday with ‘Free Hernandez’ hats.

Really?

You’re going to go to bat for a guy who has been arrested in connection to the murder of a semi-pro football player?

Maurkice, you need to exercise a little better judgment than that.

“I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate,” Maurkice Pouncey posted on his Twitter account. “I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation. I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.”

I’m not offended by his choice of accessories that evening. I’m bothered by the lack of judgment and decision making this supposed leader is making.

Remember, this is a guy that went to bat for former Gator and Steelers running back Chris Rainey, who has had numerous run-ins with the law during the time Pouncey has known him.

Pouncey obviously has issues with what crowd he chooses to associate with and isn’t someone I’d be comfortable with assuming a leadership role if I were Dan or Art Rooney.

Up until this point, Pouncey has said all the right things in terms of assuming a leadership role in what was called a fractured locker room last fall.

No thanks, Maurkice keep your thoughts and leadership to yourself.

Even the New England Patriots were smart enough to distance themselves from Aaron Hernandez after it became apparent Hernandez was in deep dog doo doo.

I should have seen the writing on the wall about Maurkice Pouncey’s morality and ethics after Mike Wallace signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins this past spring.

While doing media interviews, Mike Pouncey relayed Maurkice’s stories about how great of a guy and how hard of a worker Mike Wallace was.

Wallace was anything but a hard worker with the Steelers. It was apparent to everyone with any football accumen Wallace had mailed it in last year after not getting a contract to his liking from the the Black and Gold.

Long-time Steelers fans definitely won’t be liking the leadership and ethics Pouncey is selling — I just don’t see it flying in a hard-working region like Pittsburgh.

I’m going to assume Pouncey has already had a firm talking to by someone in the Steelers’ front office, but it seems like unfavorable situations keep popping around him.

When will enough be enough for the Steelers and Maurkice Pouncey?



Agree, disagree or just want to comment? Contact Corey at gcsportsguy@yahoo.com.