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Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey knows exactly how he’ll react to video commemorating Patriots Super Bowl run

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be in enemy territory on Sunday night. The team will face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Though the Steelers beat them during the regular season, the Patriots wound up getting the last laugh — winning their sixth Super Bowl. Meaning, before season-opener kicks off, there will be a commemoration of the Super Bowl-winning squad, entailing a video and other ceremonious acts.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey knows exactly how he’ll react to the video played before the game. Though the Patriots share a rivalry with the Steelers, he recognizes that what they did was amazing.

“It’s awesome. I’m going to clap it up for those guys, hell yeah,” Pouncey said, per The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette. “They went out there and played their butts off, they beat every team last year. What that does is show how good they were last year. It proves nothing this year but at the end of the day it’s a great ceremony for them, and I’m happy for them.”

There aren’t sour grapes on Pouncey’s end. The center recognizes that the Patriots fought hard to get their sixth ring, and they deserved it. But, as he mentions, last year is in the past, and it proves nothing this year — it’s just going to be a great ceremony. The Steelers can ruin New England’s day by beating them in Foxborough, therefore proving Pouncey’s words right.

One thing is certain, however: New England versus Pittsburgh has been one of the NFL’s best rivalries in recent memory, a reality that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon.