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Maurkice Pouncey flies Steelers offensive line to Hawaii, throws support behind Ray Lewis

The Steelers' Pro Bowl center showed some love to his offensive line as well as Lakeland, Fla., native Ray Lewis in the upcoming Super Bowl.

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Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey just flew the entire Steelers offensive line to Honolulu to attend the Pro Bowl with him. That's quite the business expenditure for the bedrock of protection. So much so, it's not worth pointing out quarterback Ben Roethlisberger declined a replacement invite due to injury.

It's a nice gesture all the same, and a good thing for Pouncey to do.

Throwing his support behind Ray Lewis and division rival Baltimore in the Super Bowl? That's another matter altogether.

Pouncey and Lewis are both Lakeland, Fla., products, attending rival high schools. That would suggest Pouncey and Lewis have been rivals long before they both ended up involved in the most heated rivalry in the NFL. Pouncey went to the University of Florida, Lewis went to Miami.

Granted, Lewis is nearly two decades older than Pouncey, and the two didn't see each other on the field until Pouncey's rookie year in 2010. It becomes understandable why Pouncey might be pulling for a legend from his area.

But Pouncey will understand why the rest of SteelerNation that isn't from Lakeland, Fla., would not be interested in rooting for Lewis or the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.