Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin cut his pro coaching teeth as a defensive assistant with Tampa Bay under Tony Dungy. Well before he learned the nuances of the Tampa 2 defense - or even the zone blitz - Tomlin was William & Mary's version of Mike Wallace.
For his four-year string of offensive dominance at the wide receiver position, he will be inducted into the athletics Hall of Fame by his alma mater, William & Mary, Saturday.
Tomlin is headlining a group of eight new members who will receive entry into the school's Hall of Fame. Tomlin, on the speed of his school-record 20.1 yards per catch and co-captaincy of the 1994 squad, receives this honor, to go with his growing list of accolades as a player and a coach. He finished his career with 102 catches, many of which are captured here. Please be sure to note Tomlin is No. 4, and he is flexing as he helps hold the Yankee Conference Championship trophy right at the beginning of the video. I nearly fell over laughing.
A brief snippet of Tomlin's Hall of Fame write-up:
dynamic player and leader for the Tribe during his four-years on the football squad. Tomlin finished his career with 101 receptions for 2,046 yards and a school-record 20 TD catches (now ranks fourth). A first-team All-Yankee Conference selection in 1994, he established a W&M record with a 20.1 yards-per-catch average. After graduation Tomlin began a meteoric rise as a coach. At age 34 he became the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, and a year later became the youngest head coach in NFL history to coach in and win a Super Bowl, capturing Super Bowl XLIII.