Steelers Veteran Center Hartwig Fighting For His Position with Rookie Maurkice Pouncey


Justin Hartwig is a Pro’s pro, and he knows that when a first-round pick is spent on a position that he plays, it’s just a matter of time before he is pushed aside for that high priced rookie.

That happened in April, as the Steelers took Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey in round one, and it sounds more and more like the Steelers are already in the changing of the guard at the center spot.

Hartwig has been splitting time the past two days at center with Pouncey, both sharing time with the first team. The vet says even knowing his job is not a sure thing, he won’t change the way he goes about playing the game.

“I’ve been playing football for a long time and I work my butt off and do my job every day,” said Hartwig. “That’s not going to change based on someone pushing me for my starting spot. I will continue to do what I’ve been doing and everything will play itself out.”

Don’t get the vet wrong, he’s not thrilled about having to share time with a rookie, more so since he has owned the center spot every game the past two seasons without missing a game.

“It’s hard to ignore. The media is in your face. It’s very much a part of the NFL,” Hartwig said.

When asked if he be willing to play guard if and when Pouncey takes over at center, Hartwig said: “I don’t want to talk about hypotheticals,” he said.

For now, Hartwig will keep helping the rookie, and he knows that the team overall is only going to be better and have a better shot to go deep into January if he helps out Pouncey.

“Maurkice and I will continue to work hard, just like everyone else on our line,” Hartwig said. “We’re going to continue to push each other. It’s not just about Maurkice and myself.

“I am a Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and he is one of my fellow lineman and we’re doing the best we can to help each other. I’ll help Maurkice just as much as I’ll help the next guy.”

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One Response to “Steelers Veteran Center Hartwig Fighting For His Position with Rookie Maurkice Pouncey”

  1. Keshialee says:

    Well, sounds like some honest comments comming from Hartwig . How ever He started off a Bit negative And thats his first impression. It would be fair to say he’s not gonna play nice… Sorry, But facts are in order to get better or Bigger there’s got to be change.. So move over Hartwig.
    Hey, Mr. Pouncey, no one wants you to take their spot so stay positive, quiet, Pounce on them in field and watch your back team members” Hating on you”. LOLV