The All-American center from Alabama had a stellar career with the Dolphins, and he was a perennial Pro Bowl pick before his career was ended prematurely after sustaining a knee injury in his eighth season against the Jets in 1987.
Pouncey knows all about the Dolphins’ legacy at center and said he was happy to read comments Stephenson made to Dolphins.com last week at the Miami Dolphins Touchdown Club luncheon in Miramar.
Stephenson, now a successful businessman in South Florida, said Pouncey is “already good, it’s just a question of how good he’s going to get, but he does a lot more than probably what we did when I played. He has all of the tools.”
Pouncey said he looks up to Stephenson as well as Jim Langer. Both Stephenson and Langer are part of the Dolphins’ group at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. That’s a club Pouncey would like to join someday, as well.
“Dwight is a great player and a great guy,” Pouncey said. “I told him when we met that I hope to just be half as good as he was. He was a dominant player who loved to finish blocks.
“I’m proud to have been able to come down here and just be mentioned with him.”
Pouncey said the workouts during the summer were legendary as he and his brother — who was the 18th overall pick by the Steelers — are extremely competitive.
Mike and Maurkice Pouncey speak frequently on the phone and talk about common opponents as well as players they will be facing in the future.
Mike said neither he nor his brother are overly complimentary in those conversations. The goal of those football talks to is to make each other better.
The competitive nature the two brothers share is evident. They both played for Florida prep power Lakeland High before moving on to play collegiately in Gainesville.
The duo shared the Gators’ offensive line, with Mike moving over from guard to center when Maurkice left early for the NFL Draft after their junior years.
“He’s my biggest fan and my biggest critic,” Mike Pouncey said. “What makes us so good is when we watch our film, we always find something wrong, something to correct. It keeps us on top of our game. And it keeps us humble.”