LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey is an erstwhile American football center who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL (National Football League) for 11 years. Before entering into his professional career, Pouncey played college football at Florida and was a member of a BCS National Championship team, recognized as a consensus All-American. Pouncey named himself the 2009 Rimington Trophy, which was annually awarded to the best college football center.
Pouncey was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft (18th overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was was a nine-time Pro Bowler and named to five All-Pro teams. Maurkice Pouncey was also named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.
Maurkice Pouncey Net Worth, Salary and Contract details
According to sources, Maurkice Pouncey has an estimated Net Worth of $13.8 Million. Pittsburgh on July 30, 2010, signed Pouncey to a five-year contract of $14.80 million and $7.94 million guaranteed. In 2014, Pouncey decided to extend his contract with Steelers, signing a $44 million contract with a signing bonus of $13,000,000 and an average salary of $8,827,325.
On 7 March 2019, Pouncey signed a three-year contract extension of $33 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers through the 2021 season, which made him the highest-paid center in the NFL. The contract offered a $9 million signing bonus, with $12 million guaranteed at signing and an average salary of $11,000,000. His contract paid him a $3 million roster bonus in 2019 and 2020.
Ben Roethlisberger reacts to Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement
Pittsburgh Steelers Maurkice Pouncey and Los Angeles Chargers Mike Pouncey announces their retirement from NFL. On Thursday night Maurkice Pouncey texted Ben Roethlisberger, (Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback) and his other teammates to inform them of his decision. His retirement had been anticipated after Pouncey told them following the playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns he had played his last game.
“I’m still processing him retiring,” Ben Roethlisberger said. “That’s hard for me.”
Ben said that not having Maurkice Pouncey around him will be difficult for him and could reduce his desire to return for another season. Roethlisberger said, “I hate to say he’s the greatest teammate and competitor I’ve ever been around, but at the end of the day that’s what it is — he’s the greatest teammate and competitor I’ve been around,”. “And that’s no slight to anybody else.”
“I’d love to ask other quarterbacks who have played with one guy for a long time how close they were with their center,” Ben said. “I’m sure they’d say he’s one of their best friends.
“There’s something different about it. The quarterback-center relationship is unlike any other in sports. The relationship and communication you want to have with the one guy in front of you, you genuinely need him more than anything else. That’s what makes the center position so special.”
Ben added that; “He deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. There’s no doubt in my mind it should happen.”
The football center’s formative years
Maurkice Pouncey,31, was born on the 24th of July in the year 1989 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Pouncey went to Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida, and was a standout lineman for the Lakeland Dreadnaughts high school football team. In 2006 as a senior Pouncey led Lakeland High to its third consecutive Florida Class 5A state championship and second straight USA Today national championship. In 2007 he was listed as the No. 15 offensive guard in the nation 2007.
A view on his personal life
Maurkice has an identical twin brother named Mike Pouncey. He was selected 15th overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2011 NFL Draft. Mike is 1 minute older than Maurkice.
Maurkice Pouncey also has two daughters named Jayda and Marley.
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