GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Safety Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 32-20. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Cue the tone for a "back in my day" story.
When we ran off the football field at the end of a practice, the topics of conversation ranged from things I cannot print on a family-friendly site to any and all possible situations in which we could make fun of other people.
When Steelers safety-in-training Myron Rolle walked off the field with SS Troy Polamalu, their conversation, apparently, goes a bit differently than the ones me and the other morons with whom I played.
According to Florida Today, Rolle engaged Polamalu in something a bit deeper than his role in the Steelers' dime package.
"We were talking about the expansion of the middle class and how resources are running out," Rolle said. "How everyone wants to have two cars and three TVs in their house. But how are we going to sustain that with 6.4 billion people on the earth and growing?"
What's expanding, though, is Rolle's understanding of the game. He admits to building up some rust in his time away from the game, when he was attending Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholarship winner. Two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, after being a sixth-round draft pick in 2010, helped him work some of that out and is ready to compete for what will likely be only one open safety position.
With Polamalu and FS Ryan Clark firmly entrenched in the starting spots with Ryan Mundy serving as back-up to both, as well as a talented crop of cornerbacks at minimum filling the maximum amount of roster spots given to the position, Rolle will battle veteran Will Allen and incumbent roster-fringer Damon Cromartie-Smith, as well as UDFA Robert Golden.
The Steelers must feel good about the position, considering they haven't drafted anyone there recently. Maybe they feel this is the year Cromartie-Smith locks himself in, or perhaps they'll be the benefactors of Rolle's outside-looking-in position over the last two seasons.
It's an important position, and definitely one to watch come training camp.