The Pittsburgh Steelers are not afraid of preparing players from smaller conferences. To be specific, they are not afraid to draft, and usage, players from the Mid-Atlanta Conference (MAC).

Why is this all of a sudden news worthwhile? All of it started after a comment Mike Tomlin made on Tuesday throughout his press conference leading up to the Week 11 video game with the Jacksonville Jaguars. When asked if he hesitated this might be construed as a “trap video game”, Tomlin reacted with this:

” I comprehend that is things that you people like to speak about, but this is the NFL. More than anything, the men understand my mindset regarding that. We are not a Big 10 team playing a MAC challenger today.”

Don’t believe the gamers on the lineup who attended a MAC school didn’t hear this and take exception?

Reconsider … the Steelers offensive captain, Ben Roethlisberger who attended Miami of Ohio, had this to state during his Wednesday media availability.

” I haven’t had an opportunity to get him yet. He discussed it again in the team meeting, too, and I wasn’t too happy about that. I will get him back, don’t worry. I have to figure out what conference William & Mary is in. We will say something about that.”

Roethlisberger isn’t the only Steelers player who comes from a MAC school. In fact, the following gamers are on the active lineup who went to MAC schools:

Ben Roethlisberger (Miami OH).

Robert Spillane (Western Michigan).

Chukwuma Okorafor (Western Michigan).

Diontae Johnson (Toledo).

Ola Adeniyi (Toledo).

After the team’s 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, Tomlin put in the time to take a picture with his MAC gamers. Roethlisberger doesn’t seek to pleased with the circumstance …

There can be a resistance within companies to ignore gamers who went to MAC, or other little conference, schools, however the Steelers have bucked this pattern in current years. In 2020, Tomlin’s words about the MAC definitely don’t match his actions as the above gamers have all had huge functions in the group’s success this season.

Make sure to remain tuned to BTSC for the current news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night at Heinz Field.