Marcus GilbertOffensive Tackle6-6, 330Florida 5th YearWho is your football mentor or inspiration?
I would have to say one of my closest friends, Maurkice Pouncey, because of how he works. Him and his brother Mike. They train hard, they make each other better. They make everybody around them better. He is a born natural leader. When you have someone around like that, someone you are working with, it brings out the best in you. I appreciate having someone like that around, especially having grown up with them.
Steelers sign offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert to a six-year contract.
What motivates you?**
My family, the love of the game.
What is your football mindset?
To become the very best in the business at my job and to come to work every day to help this team win another Super Bowl.Why do you play football?
It's a together sport; it's camaraderie. It's not an individual sport. It takes all 11 guys on the field at one time to get the job done. It takes offense, defense and special teams. It's a competitive sport. You enjoy the time working together with a big group of guys, winning and losing together, being happy and crying together. It's special.
What is your proudest football moment or memory?
Winning the National Championship at the University of Florida. Actually winning two of them.When you hear Steelers football, what do you think?
Legendary. Growing up you always heard about the blue collar team with the legends that came in and out of there. The owners are legendary. It was a blessing coming here and working for the Rooneys. What do you like about Pittsburgh?
The people and the fans. It's the best fan base I have ever seen. There are Steelers fans everywhere.What is that feeling like seeing the fans in every stadium?
It gives you the chills. You have to appreciate it. Not every team has a fan base like we do. To wear the colors we do, and the logo, it's an honor and special knowing our fans have our back 100 percent of the time.* *