Forth Worth, Texas - With Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey unlikely to play because of a foot injury he suffered in the AFC Championship Game against the Jets, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plans to give backup Doug Legursky the same advice he gave to Santonio Holmes when the Steelers last played in the Super Bowl.
"I remember in Tampa [after the 2008 season] when I was warming up standing next to Santonio Holmes," Roethlisberger said today during a press briefing at the Steelers' team hotel. "I told him, 'Hey, just make this a regular game for yourself. Don't try and do anything special."
Holmes, of course, did something very special, scoring the game-winning touchdown and earning Super Bowl MVP honors in Pittsburgh's win over the Cardinals.
"He did a great job, and I'll tell Mike the exact same thing," Roethlisberger said. "I just try and tell him, 'Don't try to be Maurkice, you're good enough to get it done being Doug Negursky.' I’m just going to try to talk to him, tell him to be calm and I think he’s going to be fine. He’s a pro. He knows how to play the game, knows how to play the position and he’s really good at it."