PITTSBURGH — Miami Dolphins cornerback Lafayette Pitts grew up about 20 minutes from Heinz Field and was a self-described “diehard” Steelers and Hines Ward fan growing up.
On Sunday, Pitts will participate in an NFL playoff game as a rookie before about 16 friends and family members.
“It feels good to go home again,” Pitts said. “I’m excited. At Pitt, we played our home games at Heinz Field. And we shared a practice facility with the Steelers.”
Pitts said that last season he caused a sack-fumble of Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer at Heinz Field. The Dolphins signed Pitts as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh this offseason.
Pitts has become a core Dolphins special teamer.
“We used to share the same cafeteria with the Steelers,” Pitts said. “We used to talk to them coming in and out. Mike Tomlin used to joke with me in the cafeteria about how I was the old guy.”
Pitts committed to former Pitt and Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt, who left before he played a game.
“Wannstedt was a genuine guy,” Pitts said. “He was a Pittsburgh guy. Who wouldn’t want to play for that guy if you want to stay home? He had a great coaching staff. They had 10 wins so him leaving was surprising to me.”
Pitts said as long as he’s running around he will not be cold Sunday.
“Once you’re playing,” he said. “Sitting around it can get pretty chilly. It’s right on the water so the wind and water comes through there. If you’re playing and you get the adrenaline flowing it will be fine.”
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