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rpmpit
07-31-2008, 12:34 PM
Is he in camp with anyone? I Googled him and didn't find anything. And his MySpace page hasn't been updated since January.

Djfan
07-31-2008, 03:16 PM
Can he punt?

Steelhere10
07-31-2008, 04:14 PM
he was given boot, some weeks ago

RuthlessBurgher
07-31-2008, 04:20 PM
he was given boot, some weeks ago

Yeah, we were just wondering if he had contact with any other teams, since he is not on anyone else's roster right now either. His father, eltrain, hasn't posted on here in a while.

Jigawatts
07-31-2008, 04:23 PM
I'm sure that if there were any updates, eltrain would post them here.

NKySteeler
07-31-2008, 04:37 PM
rpm, I just did a quick search, and everything is still listed as Steelers... Everything. His "My Space" page, home page, and all media listings...

... Hope he gets picked-up somewhere, but I haven't been able to find anything about it.

rpmpit
08-01-2008, 07:45 AM
rpm, I just did a quick search, and everything is still listed as Steelers... Everything. His "My Space" page, home page, and all media listings...

... Hope he gets picked-up somewhere, but I haven't been able to find anything about it.


Yeah, found the same stuff which is why I originally posted. Just curious because it seems we released him earlier enough so that he could find another team...and then apparently no one is interested. Too bad. I wish it could have worked out for Mike with the Steelers.

frankthetank1
08-01-2008, 08:49 AM
rpm, I just did a quick search, and everything is still listed as Steelers... Everything. His "My Space" page, home page, and all media listings...

... Hope he gets picked-up somewhere, but I haven't been able to find anything about it.


Yeah, found the same stuff which is why I originally posted. Just curious because it seems we released him earlier enough so that he could find another team...and then apparently no one is interested. Too bad. I wish it could have worked out for Mike with the Steelers.

me too, i thought he would be a great st player and thats definetly an area that needs improvement

eltrain
08-01-2008, 10:50 AM
Hi Steeler fans...appreciate your inquiry into Mike's status....

Mike has not given up on the possibility of being picked up by another team....but he is smart enough to know his chances dewindle with each passing day so he is currently looking at the options he has for getting on with the next chapter in his life...

number one...he has been in discussions with Mike Barwis, his strnegth and conditioning coach at WVU, who is now at Michigan with Coach Rich Rodreguiz...they are interested in bringing Mike on board as a GA and Mike will then attend grad school at Michigan and get his masters in Business Administration to go along with his BA in Finance from WVU....as a dad, this is my number one priority....

number two....he is also sending his resume out to a number of companies here in Columbus that his mother and I have contact with to see if he can get an entry positon in marketing and right now several of those opportunities are looking pretty good....

and number three....he is generating job opportunity contacts with friends he has all over the place so those may generate into a job for him as well...

but as I said, Mike has not given up totally on getting another chance with a team....he conditions every day and keeps himself in playing shape....and quite frankly I believe he will do the conditioning for the rest of his life regardless of doing it for football...being in shape is now a part of his DNA and he will never give that up...

I am just still very frustrated that someone does not see his potential...but I am a biased father....Mike says it is all about "speed"...he runs a 4.6 and in today's NFL at a safety position if you don't run a 4.5 or better your chances of making a roster deminish greatly...we get into arguments over that because I watched Mike play at a very high level at WVU against Georgia, Va. Tech, Miami, etc. and he dominated the secondary...so my arguement, being an old guy with gray hair, is that "politics" has as much to do with it as the physical ability...if you look at his stats for the two preseasons he played for the Steelers (given the limited playing time) he played his position exceptionally well...yes, he missed a couple of tackles, but what player doesn't, including the "elite"...but if you take overall performace, again my bias shows, Mike played as well or better than a couple of those players who made the roster...sacks, tackles for loss, pass breakups, stripped ball, etc., were all part of his performance for the short amount of playing time he had...

but that is "life" and there is not much anyone can do about it....I suppose if he was as good as I think he is he would be in the NFL right now...and if I knew that much I would be coaching in the NFL....

so with all that said, I want to once again thank all of you for supporting my son...he is a fine young man with a very good head on his shoulders and I know he will do great with the rest of his life.....his family is very proud of Mike and all of his accomplishments...not many get to his level and we have enjoyed every minute of it...best of luck to our Steelers this year...

rpmpit
08-01-2008, 11:00 AM
Thanks so much for the reply, El. Just been wondering about Mike because I expected to see his name come up somewhere, with some other team.

Please don't apologize for being a proud, biased dad. Armpit Jr. will be 3 in November and I'm already expecting him to be the Steelers third great qb. (I'm assuming we'll get a few decent guys to bridge the gap between Ben and Matt :D ) I think I speak for a lot of guys and gals on the board who feel like Mike could have made a big contribution to the Steelers, but like you said - that's life.

Good luck to Mike in whatever he chooses to do. The position at Michigan sounds awesome. Does he have any coaching aspirations?

Anyway, please give Mike our best and take care.

frankthetank1
08-01-2008, 11:06 AM
thats great news, there are few schools better than mich to get a degree from let alone a master's. does mike have any desire to play football outside of the nfl?

eltrain
08-01-2008, 11:51 AM
It's interesting the idea of Mike coaching came up...I discussed this at length with him and he has no desire to be a coach...he says it is just not a lifestyle he wants...and we all know how important it is that you need to like what you are doing to be successful at it...so I do not see coaching in Mike's future....

and as for playing in Canada or arena...no...he has had numerous contacts from teams in that regard but he does not want to do that....if it is not the NFL than his football career is over....

Mike loves football but it is not his "life"....he believes if he does not have the skills the NFL is looking for than so be it....he knows historically, those who play in Canada or the arena league do not get to the NFL and, since football is not the "end all" for him, he says he is not going to get his body beat up knowing his chances of getting to the NFL are slim to none...

and as for any advice I could give for Armpit Jr....alsways tell him to take care of the classroom FIRST...and the rest will take care of itself.....I drilled that into Mike from the beginning and he now knows that what I advised him to do has paid off....Mike was always a very good student with pretty good athletic ability so when the time came for a university to offer him a scholarship they had absolutly no worries about his academic ability.....in fact, Duke was the first university to offer him a scholarship in football along with Northwestern and it took his mother about two years to get over the fact Mike selected WVU...he said he wanted to play some real football and that he would get his masters at a different university....he got a pretty good education at WVU for his undergrad so I don't want to take anything away from them...but academically, WVU is not a Duke or Northwestern...but now, because he graduated with a 3.2 GPA in Finance, getting into Michigan's grad school (or any other university for that matter) will not be a problem....so I would advise anyone out there to tell your children to take care of the classroom and whether they have athletic ability or not, laying the foundation academically prepares them for whatever opportuinty comes along...

Mike knows the Steelers gave him a very good opportunity and if no one else picks him up than he probably does not have the playing skills to get to that level....

personally, I think that is a great attitude to have...I have always said to Mike that his athletic ability was a vehicle through which he would attain an education and preparation for his life's working experience and he has achieved that....he is going to get his masters degree regardless of whether or not the Michigan thing works out....it will just take him a little longer if it doesn't...

fordfixer
08-01-2008, 01:55 PM
Great post El thanks for the update. :tt1

DukieBoy
08-01-2008, 10:16 PM
Hey El ~

Thanks for the update.

Mike has a great father who believes in him, encourages him, supports him. And, of course, Mike sounds like a great son, as well as a football player deserving a break to be in the right place at the right time. He will be successful in whatever his endeavor.

DB

buckeyehoppy
08-02-2008, 02:46 PM
Thanx 4 the 411 on Mike. Seems like he knows what he wants and will get there. You have done right by him, from what a person on the outside can see.

I like the fact that it's the NFL or nothing for him. The same injury potential exists in the CFL and Arena League as it does in the NFL. But the financial difference is light years apart. If he is seriously hurt playing in the CFL or Arena, would it be worth it? For someone for whom football isn't the end-all-be-all, it wouldn't be. Mike should be commended for that.

I've known lots of guys in Mike's situation and they have turned out fine. I know a guy who played at Ohio State who probably had the tools to play in the NFL, but the injury bug just bit too hard. But he came from a good, well-rounded family and he was always a good student and he now helps run the family business with his older brothers.

Mike seems like a good kid and he had a very good chance to play at the highest level, but it doesn't seem like that will be in the cards. It's smart for him to go on with life. The NFL, for the pleasure we all get from watching, won't be waiting for him. It sounds like Mike is smart enough to know that.

RuthlessBurgher
08-02-2008, 03:37 PM
Thanks, el. If this is it for him football-wise, what are the stories that he will be able to tell his grandchildren one day? For instance, did he ever pick off a Roethlisberger pass in practice or lay out Hines Ward on a crossing route? What memories was he able to take away from his time with the Steelers? (if you don't mind asking him for me)... Thanks again.