Maurkice Pouncey Shares Thoughts on Steelers Honoring Antwon Rose on Helmets

Noah Strackbein

PITTSBURGH -- Thursday morning, following mixed reviews about the Steelers' decision to wear Antwon Rose Jr.'s name on their helmets, center Maurkice Pouncey posted his thoughts on Instagram. 

Pouncey, who has been one of the Steelers' voices for advocating police and communities come together, wrote that he was "unaware of the whole story surrounding his death and what transpired during the trial following the tragedy."

Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva decided to cover Rose's name with the name Alwyn Cashe on Monday night. Cashe is being considered for the Medal of Honor for rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in 2005. He died three weeks after the incident due to the second and third-degree burns. 

Pouncey said, moving forward, "I will make my own decision about what to wear on the back of my helmet." 

"Make no mistake, I am against racism and I believe the best thing I can do is to continue helping repair relationships between police and their communities," Pouncey wrote. "Systematic racism issues have occurred in our country for too long, and that needs to stop."

Noah Strackbein is a Publisher with AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack, and AllSteelers @si_steelers.

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Comments (9)
No. 1-4

Hats off to Villanuava for honoring a true American hero and for being willing to depart from his team’s decision.

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lottastuff 2

Congratulations to Alejandro Villanueva! I read somewhere that he has apologized. That is not necessary. The man that you had the right to honor and did, suffered greatly because he was a hero and what you did was totally appropriate. The point has been made 100 times over about BLM situations. America accepts the problem of some (not all) bad cops, So ... stop the bull and now let the attempt to fix it occur. You Alejandro Villanueva will see support for your bravery. I, as others, am ordering your jersey in support of you! You and not for the "Now For Losers" NFL. I was a huge fan of the NFL. ... NO MORE!


Maybe there is hope. I could not believe that a whole team would wear the name of this man, and wondered if ANYONE looked into who they were endorsing. It looks like exactly 1 person has.


Wow, someone who exercises critical thinking and reads beyond the initial headline. Thank God.