Some of the best lessons in life are absorbed without having to go far, coming from those closest to you. For Arthur Moats that was definitely the case.
It was Moats' parents, Rosalind and Arthur Jr., and his uncle, Darryl Ware, who were guiding forces for him growing up and still serve as his mentors today.
"I have three mentors, first my mother," said Moats. "She plays a very important role. She mentors me in the spiritual side because she is a pastor right now. She is always big on keeping me positively focused and headed in the right direction and understanding everything happens for a reason."
His father Arthur, a former pastor and United State Marine, is the one who taught him some of the most important lessons in life.
"From him I always got the whole mentality of no matter how bleak a situation is, you are going to persevere and come out on top," said Moats. "And he had that fighter's mentality of 'Hey, you are always going to be better than any situation.' That helped me out a lot, especially with sports. You are always going through the ups and downs, the ebb and flow of life. Just being able to persevere through everything and keep a positive mindset, it helps out a lot."
Moats also learned about discipline from his father, something that helped him in life and in football.
"It helps out a lot, especially being in bad situations," said Moats. "Throughout your whole playing career you are going to be down in some situations, you are going to have some losses. But you always know you are going to bounce back, something positive is going to happen. It only takes one play to swing the momentum."
Moats, one of several Steelers who recently shared the story of who his mentor is with the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania (MPSWPA) in celebration of January being National Mentoring Month, also credited his uncle with helping him, particularly in sports. "The mentoring side from him came from the competitive edge, just understanding," said Moats. "Being a student of the game, taking it seriously, not only your practice habits, your diet, and how you handle yourself off the field."
The Steelers have partnered with the MPSWPA for the past five years, and each year the relationship impacts more and more lives.
"Their stories show that mentoring really does have an impact on everyone," said Kristan Allen, director of marketing and communications for the MPSWPA "We know mentoring works. In fact, a recent report confirms that mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects. Additionally, the report found that youth with mentors are more likely to report higher engagement in positive behaviors."