I had intended to post the following interview with Maurkice Pouncey over the weekend, but what do you know, out-of-town guests and the start of the new week pushed it back. Being that Pouncey's chat with The Fan Morning Show occurred last Friday, the content is a few days old. But Pouncey isn't exactly talking about the news cycle so I thought I'd post it anyway since it was already transcribed. In the spot, Pouncey definitely comes across as a dude that cares about one thing and one thing only: football.
Steeler Nation has itself one helluva focused, beastly stud in 22-year old Maurkice Pouncey. Crazy to think we're nowhere close to seeing his best football.
On not being able to fulfill his determined promise to play in SB XLV:
"What happened was coach wouldn't let me play. I had a small fracture on the back [of my ankle] and coach said it wasn't worth risking my career and he held me out. I was a little upset about it but whatever coach says goes."
On looking healthy and in shape so far in training camp:
"Hey man, I finished first in my runs today., I finished out strong, I was proud of myself. It's time to get back to work."
On his brother Mike not being drafted by the Steelers:
"I know, Coach Tomlin texted me right after it happened, but it is what it is. I had to support him, it was a great day for the family, and I'm happy he's a Miami Dolphin."
What the difference is between being a rookie and a second-year player at training camp:
"You teach young guys now. You're not always in the learning process."
How old are you now>
On Max Starts' release being a grave reminder of the 'business' elements of the game:
"Yeah, definitely. Max was a great player for us, but I'm sure he'll take his talents somewhere else and perform for the next team."
Does he consider himself a leader for the offensive line despite being so young:
"Yeah, definitely, definitely. I take big pride in being the leader of this line and I hope the guys respect me as one."
Whether he went to Ben Roethlisberger's wedding:
If he'd ever seen such a big event:
"I never did. It was real first-class. I'm happy for Ben and Ashley and it was a great time, and I'm glad I got to experience it with them."
After going to Roethlisberger's wedding, does he have any plans of his own to settle down and marry?
"I'm just living life right now. My only plan is playing football. If something comes along then Maurkice Pouncey will jump on it."
Is he or his twin Mike more likely to get married first:
"Probably Mike. I don't thin it's going to be me man. I'm just focused on football right now. We can still have fun and hang on, but there ain't no marriage."