That kind of talk has been heresy in Pittsburgh ever since the Steelers made Pouncey the 18th overall pick in the 2010 draft.
He embodies talent with hard work.”Had Pouncey been healthy — let alone Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and De Angelo Williams — maybe the Steelers beat Denver and are playing for a spot in the Super Bowl last year.
With Pouncey and the aforementioned back this season, there’s no reason to believe they can’t vie for the Lombardi Trophy this year.
A healthy Pouncey should allow the Steelers offense to be fully operational.
Upon arriving in Latrobe last week, Pouncey put on a display in the team’s conditioning run, sprinting way ahead of his fellow lineman.
The Steelers would like to take it slow with Pouncey in camp and certainly in the preseason, but there’s been little sign of that yet and almost no chance that he would accept it as the unquestioned leader of the offensive line.“If you see our individual (drills), he sets the bar high,” said left guard Ramon Foster.
“That’s not him trying to show off, that’s just the way he’s wired.
He’d tell you ‘I’m a crazy guy,’ but everything he does is full tilt.
Injuries have hampered Pouncey in two of the last three seasons, including 2015 when he went on season-ending IR with an ankle injury suffered in a meaningless preseason game.
The Steelers were hoping to get Pouncey back last November but an infection had set in, turning the 6-foot-4, 304 pounder’s ankle a nauseating color of black and purple, two colors that don’t sit well with the Steelers. He says he never contemplated that his career could have been over, one year after signing a five-year, million contract extension, but he admits he felt out of the loop, if not for a weekly Thursday night dinner at his house with teammates watching football.