A game between the Pouncey brothers is bound to draw some interest, both with their history of playing together and the fact neither one is afraid to talk about it.
On Thursday, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey spoke to Pittsburgh media about playing a game against his twin brother, Mike, the Miami Dolphins center. The two teams will square off at 1 p.m. Sunday in Miami.
“That’s all the time. Even when we work out, even in the offseason. I hear it,” Maurkice Pouncey said about the trash talk between them, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. “… We’re twins. There’s competition. So much, with the Pro Bowls, with everything we do. Even with the draft thing, man: He still won’t let it go that he got drafted higher than me.”
The Pounceys played together at the University of Florida, where Maurkice was the starting center and Mike was a starting guard. Maurkice entered the draft after his junior year, going 18th overall to the Steelers. The next year, he said he campaigned for Pittsburgh to select his brother, who had taken over Maurkice’s center spot for the Gators. Mike instead went No. 15 overall to the Dolphins, who have mostly kept him at center.
So far, Maurkice has reached four Pro Bowls and Mike three. Mike has essentially played one more season as Maurkice lost almost all of 2013 and 2015 because of injury.
Mike missed the first four games this season with a fractured hip before making his season debut last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. He’ll be full-go as the 1-4 Dolphins host the 4-1 Steelers.
“He calls me every day, man,” Maurkice told reporters. “I’ve gotta start blocking his phone calls.”