ASK THE STEELERS – MAURKICE POUNCEY – PART 2
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Wendy Lissenden in Greensboro, North Carolina asks: What things did you consider and whatled to your decision to enter the draft early rather than finish your senior year at Florida?
Maurkice Pouncey: I felt like I had accomplished so much at the University of Florida with being an All-America, winning the Rimington Trophy, winning a National Championship and SEC Championship. I felt like the time was right for me. Plus with the issues with my dad it was time to come out.
Rita Brown asks: What will be the biggest adjustment coming from college to the pros?
Maurkice Pouncey: Probably learning the whole playbook. For offensive lineman the playbook is a lot bigger than for most.
Greg Butler in Arizona asks: What was it like to see the six Super Bowl trophies for the first time?
Maurkice Pouncey: I took a picture with them. It was amazing. Seeing that and the pictures of all the greats that played there on the wall was memorable.
Barry Price in New Jersey asks: Do they throw a lot at you during mini-camp? Maurkice Pouncey: No, not really. There wasn't a whole lot, but you definitely have to pay attention and study.
Lou Ratner in Virginia asks: At the end of mini-camp Coach (Mike) Tomlin mentioned that he likes to see how guys respond to failure during mini-camp. My guess is that is because you are learning a lot of new stuff. What do you think of his comment?
Maurkice Pouncey: I don't like to fail. I don't want to let anybody down. That is why I get out there real hard
Don Palmer in Ohio asks: What was it like to put a Steelers helmet on for the first time in mini-camp?
Maurkice Pouncey: It was amazing. I think I was the first one on the field. I jogged out there and was like, I am here now.
Jim DeNardo in Michigan asks: The Steelers have an amazing history at the center position. Even though you are going to be used at guard first, what does it feel like to know you will be a part of that history at center?Maurkice Pouncey: It feels great. I just have to live up to the legacy of the guys who were here in the past and were very successful.
Michele Duncan asks: What was your best memory from playing at the University of Florida?Maurkice Pouncey: Definitely winning the National Championship.