Maurkice Pouncey Honors Fallen Police Officer During Steelers Game Against Broncos

September 20, 2020
Maurkice Pouncey

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been the topic of discussion a lot over the past week, not so much for their playing on the field, but for what was on the back of their helmets.

While some players have stayed quiet on the subject of Antwon Rose Jr., offensive captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Maurkice Pouncey, spoke out this week saying that he was unaware of the full story behind the death of Rose and should have done more research before he wore his name on the back of his helmet during Monday's game against the New York Giants. 

Pouncey made good on that word for doing his research and decided to honor a fallen police officer on the back of his helmet during the Steelers game against the Denver Broncos. 

Eric Kelly is the name of the fallen police officer that Pouncey honored during Sunday's game; Kelly was one of three Pittsburgh police officers slain in the April 2009 shooting in Stanton Heights.

While most of the other players kept Rose's name on the back of their helmets, a few other Steelers decided to make changes to their helmets. 

Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva continued to honor Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, as he did in Monday night's game against the Giants. Benny Snell had changed the name on the back of his helmet to Breonna Taylor and defensive end Stephon Tuitt and wide receiver James Washington chose not to have any names on their helmets.