Steelers’ Pouncey to host Dolphins line for dinner

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has invited members

of this weekend’s visiting team to be his dinner guests.

Pouncey’s twin brother, Mike, and the rest of the Miami

Dolphins’ offensive line will share a meal at Maurkice’s home

Saturday, the eve of the game between the teams.

Other members of the Pouncey family will also attend. Mike said

the group has ordered dinner from a steakhouse.

”You know linemen have got to eat steak,” Mike said Friday.

”It’s going to be a good weekend.”

Mike said he’s only sorry his brother will be a spectator

Sunday. Maurkice is out for the season after hurting his knee in

the opener.

”You always want to see your brother playing,” Mike said. ”I

hate that he’s going through what he’s going through this year, but

he’s a tough dude.”

Even with Maurkice sidelined, Mike said a Miami win would

represent a breakthrough victory against his brother.

”It would be the first time I beat him at something,” Mike

said. ”It’ll probably be a long, long time before he can get back

at me.”

The last time the teams played, in 2010, Maurkice was an NFL

rookie and Mike was still with the Florida Gators.

”I was in the stands with a Steelers jersey on,” Mike said.

”That’s a long time ago. I was laughing with my brother about it.

That was one of my first NFL games I ever went to, and I was

actually cheering against the team I play on. Weird.”

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