Pittsburgh Steelers center and co-captain Maurkice Pouncey said last week that he was “unaware of the whole story” about the teen that the team was honoring. Pouncey said, “Moving forward, I will make my own decision about what to wear on the back of my helmet.”
He did just that for Sunday’s Steelers game where he could be seen paying tribute to a fallen police officer.
The Steelers announced that the team would honor Antwon Rose Jr., a Pittsburgh teen who was shot and killed by a police officer minutes after he was pulled over in a car that was reportedly involved in a drive-by shooting of two men.
Pouncey, who wore Rose’s name on his helmet in the Week 1 game before learning about possible involvement in a drive-by shooting, wore the name “Eric Kelly” on his helmet this week.
Pouncey is now getting an outpouring of support for his actions.