LAKE BUENA VISTA — Mike Pouncey is here, to support his twin brother Maurkice and to spend time with family.
Maurkice, a Steelers center, is a member of the AFC Pro Bowl squad that Mike has made in the past. Maurkice says for Mike, playing all 16 games for the Miami Dolphins and staying healthy was most important.
“It was amazing man,” Maurkice said after practice. “We talked about that so much. People don’t really understand what Mike went through. It was at the point where football was almost over for him. So for him to go out there and play all 16, that was his Super Bowl and his Pro Bowl and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Maurkice indicated that Mike’s post-season medical checkup revealed an encouraging report. Mike Pouncey has dealt with very serious hip issues he managed to navigate through last season.
“He went and got great news from the doctor and he’s really, really motivated about it,” Maurkice said.
The brothers played together in a previous Pro Bowl in Arizona. Does Maurkice believe Mike will be back?
“Absolutely,” Maurkice said. “Trust me. That’s on his mind now. We’ve had the enjoyment of playing on the same NFL team together. It wasn’t a real NFL team, it was the All-Star team, but it was a great time together and we’ll always remember it.”
Maurkice noted how difficult it was for Mike to miss Miami’s playoff game at Pittburgh after the 2016 season. Maurkice also indicated how badly Mike wants to win in Miami.
“It crushed him, man, because he worked so hard for it,” Maurkice said. “Mike never really had a winning, winning team (in the NFL). And you know Mike, his whole career he’s been a winner, so it eats him up a lot. But he’s so committed to that organization and loves everybody there. So it’s good for him.”