Coach Mike Tomlin : “The Standard is the Standard”

Coach Mike Tomlin : “The Standard is the Standard”
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Kuthula Magubane
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Kuthula Magubane
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August 26th 2022 - 08:24 AM

Born on the 15th of March, 1972, Mike Tomlin became the 10th African American Head Coach in the NFL and the first in Pittsburgh Steelers history. The only Steelers coach to not have a losing, Tomlin is the third youngest head coach in any of the four major North American professional sports. 

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But when the Steelers' won Super Bowl XLIII on the 1st of February, 2009, Tomlin became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory. He is also the third African-American coach to participate in the Super Bowl and the second to win it.  

Super Bowl Champion Coach Mike Tomlin has a famous saying, "The standard is the standard," and he has exemplified this value and become the standard for African Americans and Black people all over the world. The Super Bowl Champion has made history and trail blazed his way to success, even when the odds may have been stacked against him or the windows of opportunity were minimal he found a way forward and has become a beacon of light in the community for achieving at the highest levels of Football as a head coach.

In an interview with "The Pivot Podcast" Ryan Clark shared that when he was a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers he asked Coach Mike Tomlin why he had these sayings like, “the standard is the standard”; and he answered saying that, “Because I can control whether or not people get a window into my soul”.


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