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NorCal-Steeler
05-19-2012, 12:59 PM
anyone see him on total access the other day. They asked him if there were any other Pounceys coming up and he answered no but they have a step brother named Rainey that we drafted. Are they really step brothers or he just say that because they from same school?

hawaiiansteel
05-19-2012, 01:12 PM
Florida Gators’ Chris Rainey happy to be reunited with Maurkice Pouncey in Pittsburgh

BY MATT WATTS
MIAMI HERALD WRITER

Gainesville -- Florida’s Chris Rainey will join former teammate Maurkice Pouncey with the Steelers, and Jaye Howard was selected by the Seahawks.

Chris Rainey and Maurkice Pouncey know each other well.

During high school, Rainey lived with the Pittsburgh Steelers center and his twin brother Mike, who plays center for the Dolphins.

The three all moved to Gainesville and played together at Florida. Rainey is reunited once again with Maurkice as he was selected by Pittsburgh on Saturday with the No. 159 overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.

At the Pounceys’ house in Lakeland, Rainey watched player after player get selected, including former teammate Jaye Howard at No. 114, before finally hearing his name called.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/29/2773596/florida-gators-chris-rainey-happy.html#storylink=cpy

NorCal-Steeler
05-19-2012, 01:15 PM
nice maybe Mike will join us when his contracts up...

birtikidis
05-19-2012, 01:58 PM
We should trade mike Wallace for mike pouncey

RuthlessBurgher
05-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Ex-Gator Chris Rainey joins 'brother' in Pittsburgh

ED BOUCHETTE - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
First Posted: May 02, 2012 - 7:16 am
Last Updated: May 02, 2012 - 7:16 am

PITTSBURGH — Life got off to a tough start for Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick Chris Rainey, born while his mother was locked up in a Florida jail.

He would live with a grandmother, and with his mother once she left prison. He came from what generally is described as a broken home.

Lisa and Rob Webster changed all that for Rainey when he moved in with their family early in high school. The family included twin brothers named Maurkice and Mike Pouncey, who think of Chris Rainey as a brother.

"He's like one of our kids," Lisa Webster said from Lakeland, Fla., where all three played football at the same high school.

All three might have played for the Steelers, too, had they gotten their wish a year ago and been able to draft Mike, who plays center for the Miami Dolphins. Instead, they drafted another child from the Webster household, which is where everyone gathered over the weekend to watch the draft and wait for a telephone call.

"He said he wanted to be with his family," Lisa Webster said. "We were all at our house when the Steelers called. His mom, grandma, lot of brothers, couple of sisters. He has seven or eight."

Rainey and the Pouncey boys were friends before they were family.

"He would come over on the weekends," Lisa said, explaining how Rainey came to live with them. "He came over for Thanksgiving; he just kept spending the night and wouldn't go home. One day he said, 'Can I stay with y'all?' I talked to my husband about it, we set some rules, and we let him stay."

It may not be "The Blind Side," but it'll do.

"I think we were a stable situation," Lisa Webster said. "We treated him like he was one of our own. We took him on all our vacations. He had a room of his own. All during college, he comes to our house."

He was there Monday, waiting to fly to Pittsburgh for Steelers rookie orientation, which begins Friday.

The Steelers don't have another halfback quite like him, a small (5 feet 8, 178 pounds) but ultra-quick runner who does it all -- runs, catches passes, returns, even blocks punts. With Pro Bowl return man Antonio Brown starting at wide receiver, the Steelers are looking for someone else to do at least part of that job. But they have plans for him to do more.

"We're excited about getting an explosive, fast player with some of those skills in the building," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said.

Brian White, who coaches the running backs at Florida, said the Steelers should be excited to get what he called "the steal of the draft."

"I've been coaching 26 years and had as much fun coaching him as anyone I've ever coached," White said Monday while on a recruiting trip in Georgia. "He's an incredibly infectious guy. He loves football and he really is an electric athlete.

"His change of direction is the best I've ever seen. I've never been around anyone who can change direction and accelerate like him. He'll make a ton of dynamic plays in a lot of different areas for the Steelers and people will enjoy watching him play. He'll bring enthusiasm and excitement to practice and the stadium that people will enjoy."

The big-boy NFL can be rough on small players such as Rainey, his stature the reason he wasn't drafted until the fifth round.

"I've coached little backs and I've coached big backs," said White, who coached a really big one in 250-pound Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne at Wisconsin. "Chris doesn't take a lot of full-contact hits, he has a sixth sense. They don't square him up. He takes glancing blows, not direct hits. He didn't have any problem holding up for us this past year. He's extremely durable."

A fifth-year player who gained a redshirt in 2007 after playing in four games, he averaged 6.22 yards per carry over his career -- 396 rushes for 2,464 yards. He also caught 69 passes for 795 yards. He started 10 games at Florida last season and was a fan and coaches' favorite.

"Chris doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, nothing," White said.

But he texts, or at least he did, and he sent the wrong message to his older girlfriend who, Lisa Webster said, broke his heart.

"Time to die," read the text. The girl didn't turn him in, but her sister called the police. Rainey was in hot water, charged with a possible felony.

"People say stupid stuff when they get in arguments," Lisa Webster noted. "Rainey texted it.

"I got on him. I told him I'd drive to Gainesville and beat him if he called her again. The boys called him. We know he wouldn't do anything like that, he was just mad at the time. It wasn't even her who called police. She knew he wouldn't do anything like that."

He accepted a plea by pledging to avoid legal trouble for six months, perform 10 hours of community service and undergo anger-management classes.

"He has the one blemish," White said. "He learned from it. He should have listened to Herm Edwards: Don't trust send. He's a good guy, he has a great heart. I think it's great Maurkice will be up there with him, showing him what it takes to be a pro."

After all, there was a house full of them in Lakeland, Fla.

Shoe
05-19-2012, 05:43 PM
Ex-Gator Chris Rainey joins 'brother' in Pittsburgh

ED BOUCHETTE - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
First Posted: May 02, 2012 - 7:16 am
Last Updated: May 02, 2012 - 7:16 am

PITTSBURGH — Life got off to a tough start for Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick Chris Rainey, born while his mother was locked up in a Florida jail.

He would live with a grandmother, and with his mother once she left prison. He came from what generally is described as a broken home.

Lisa and Rob Webster changed all that for Rainey when he moved in with their family early in high school. The family included twin brothers named Maurkice and Mike Pouncey, who think of Chris Rainey as a brother.

"He's like one of our kids," Lisa Webster said from Lakeland, Fla., where all three played football at the same high school.

All three might have played for the Steelers, too, had they gotten their wish a year ago and been able to draft Mike, who plays center for the Miami Dolphins. Instead, they drafted another child from the Webster household, which is where everyone gathered over the weekend to watch the draft and wait for a telephone call.

"He said he wanted to be with his family," Lisa Webster said. "We were all at our house when the Steelers called. His mom, grandma, lot of brothers, couple of sisters. He has seven or eight."

Rainey and the Pouncey boys were friends before they were family.

"He would come over on the weekends," Lisa said, explaining how Rainey came to live with them. "He came over for Thanksgiving; he just kept spending the night and wouldn't go home. One day he said, 'Can I stay with y'all?' I talked to my husband about it, we set some rules, and we let him stay."

It may not be "The Blind Side," but it'll do.

"I think we were a stable situation," Lisa Webster said. "We treated him like he was one of our own. We took him on all our vacations. He had a room of his own. All during college, he comes to our house."

He was there Monday, waiting to fly to Pittsburgh for Steelers rookie orientation, which begins Friday.

The Steelers don't have another halfback quite like him, a small (5 feet 8, 178 pounds) but ultra-quick runner who does it all -- runs, catches passes, returns, even blocks punts. With Pro Bowl return man Antonio Brown starting at wide receiver, the Steelers are looking for someone else to do at least part of that job. But they have plans for him to do more.

"We're excited about getting an explosive, fast player with some of those skills in the building," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said.

Brian White, who coaches the running backs at Florida, said the Steelers should be excited to get what he called "the steal of the draft."

"I've been coaching 26 years and had as much fun coaching him as anyone I've ever coached," White said Monday while on a recruiting trip in Georgia. "He's an incredibly infectious guy. He loves football and he really is an electric athlete.

"His change of direction is the best I've ever seen. I've never been around anyone who can change direction and accelerate like him. He'll make a ton of dynamic plays in a lot of different areas for the Steelers and people will enjoy watching him play. He'll bring enthusiasm and excitement to practice and the stadium that people will enjoy."

The big-boy NFL can be rough on small players such as Rainey, his stature the reason he wasn't drafted until the fifth round.

"I've coached little backs and I've coached big backs," said White, who coached a really big one in 250-pound Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne at Wisconsin. "Chris doesn't take a lot of full-contact hits, he has a sixth sense. They don't square him up. He takes glancing blows, not direct hits. He didn't have any problem holding up for us this past year. He's extremely durable."

A fifth-year player who gained a redshirt in 2007 after playing in four games, he averaged 6.22 yards per carry over his career -- 396 rushes for 2,464 yards. He also caught 69 passes for 795 yards. He started 10 games at Florida last season and was a fan and coaches' favorite.

"Chris doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, nothing," White said.

But he texts, or at least he did, and he sent the wrong message to his older girlfriend who, Lisa Webster said, broke his heart.

"Time to die," read the text. The girl didn't turn him in, but her sister called the police. Rainey was in hot water, charged with a possible felony.

"People say stupid stuff when they get in arguments," Lisa Webster noted. "Rainey texted it.

"I got on him. I told him I'd drive to Gainesville and beat him if he called her again. The boys called him. We know he wouldn't do anything like that, he was just mad at the time. It wasn't even her who called police. She knew he wouldn't do anything like that."

He accepted a plea by pledging to avoid legal trouble for six months, perform 10 hours of community service and undergo anger-management classes.

"He has the one blemish," White said. "He learned from it. He should have listened to Herm Edwards: Don't trust send. He's a good guy, he has a great heart. I think it's great Maurkice will be up there with him, showing him what it takes to be a pro."

After all, there was a house full of them in Lakeland, Fla.

Why is his "mom" calling him Rainey? (saying,"Rainey texted it")

Secondly, I for one, am not exactly overwhelmed with Pouncey and some of his antics. Don't get me wrong: When on the field, he has shown that he can be a top-shelf talent. The problem is his durability. Any reasonable Steeler fan has to be worried, that his problem (his ankle) is or could already be chronic. He's not been able to finish either of the last two years, due to the same body part.

The other troubling thing is the immature little episode he had following the Denver loss. Who the hell:
a) promotes a rap album moments after a gut-wrenching loss. Who does that?
b) How mature are you, arguing with idiots on twitter. Particularly childish when you see what he wrote ("I'm rich, you're not" etc.) That is some serious 10-year old nonsense.

Captain Lemming
05-19-2012, 05:44 PM
nice maybe Mike will join us when his contracts up...

Consider though that they all call Florida "home" and Mike is in Miami.

It could easily go in the other direction.

If Mike was on another team I would feel much better.

birtikidis
05-19-2012, 07:19 PM
Consider though that they all call Florida "home" and Mike is in Miami.

It could easily go in the other direction.

If Mike was on another team I would feel much better.
yea, but they're also ALL Winners. Don't you think they'd be more willing to play on a team that has a chance of competing every year? I do. winning is addictive. ask charlie sheen

feltdizz
05-19-2012, 07:47 PM
Consider though that they all call Florida "home" and Mike is in Miami.

It could easily go in the other direction.

If Mike was on another team I would feel much better.

These guys are rich.... why play for a loser when you can play for one of the best franchises in sports? Its also pretty rare to hear a guy change teams because he wants to live in his home state.