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Steelers Intense HC Mike Tomlin Stops Local Kids Fighting In Street; Invites Group To 2022 Training Camp

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Steelers Intense HC Mike Tomlin Stops Local Kids Fighting In Street; Invites Group To 2022 Training Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers shocked a lot of people when the organization hired head coach, Mike Tomlin back in 2007. The easy choice was in-house offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, but he accepted the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals. That paired with Tomlin’s interview blowing away the hiring unit in Pittsburgh led to him getting the role. Tomlin is known as a players’ coach and motivator. But, Steelers fans can learn more about the team’s leader and his character based on what he did for a couple of local kids during this year’s training camp.

UPDATE: In what is an apparent update to the story, Christy Houston Porter posted on Twitter that Glazer’s story is incorrect. That Tomlin knew these kids, but not because they were fighting in the street.


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Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin at 2022 training camp in Latrobe, PA. |Jordan Schofield/SteelerNation (@JSKO_PHOTO Twitter)

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Jay Glazer, an insider for Fox Sports, attended camp in Latrobe on Thursday and told a heart-warming story of the veteran coach springing into action when he witnessed some kids fighting as he was driving in his car. Glazer tweeted:

“Mike Tomlin was driving in his car when he saw these kids fighting in the street. Tomlin pulls over and the kids, in obvious shock at who stepped out of the car, stopped fighting.”

He didn’t stop there, however. According to Glazer, Tomlin spent a lot of time with the kids and yesterday, invited them to training camp. This went completely undetected by media members and Glazer is the first one to highlight the efforts from the Steelers head coach. The best part for the children wasn’t just showing up and being guests at the practice, but actually running drills.

The unit was able to do some ladders and run around with starting running back, Najee Harris, who is just getting back to a full workload after a minor left foot injury. These are moments that are not soon to be forgotten by the young group of football players. Not only did one of the faces of the organization hop out of his car to intervene in their potential brawl, but one of the most promising young players in the NFL was running around with them shortly after.

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Steelers Running Back, Najee Harris at training camp in Latrobe, PA | Jordan Schofield/SteelerNation (@JSKO_PHOTO Twitter)

The gesture from Tomlin to not just pull over and halt a fight, but bring the kids together during training camp to enjoy an awesome experience is extremely commendable. He easily could have driven by, as many people probably had and let the group fight it out.


What do you make of Tomlin’s efforts to stop the fighting from the local group of kids and invite them to training camp? Let us know in the comments below!




  1. Khaleef

    August 18, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Kudos to coach Tomlin. Great example of what more adults should do versus the stories in the news of parents fighting each other or fighting refs over kids sports.

  2. Michael Walker

    August 18, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    He has a caring soul…

  3. Joyce Jones

    August 19, 2022 at 12:59 am

    He’s just AWESOME! I’ve always thought he was a class act from day one when he became head coach of my favorite football team. This gesture proves I was right!

  4. Everet Brown

    August 19, 2022 at 3:52 am

    Aww man that’s so awesome for the Coach to stop and give those kids an experience of a life time inviting them into camp Class ACT You Are A Beautiful Soul !!!!

  5. William Fried

    August 19, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Great move by Mike

  6. Anthony Portis

    August 19, 2022 at 8:04 am

    It does not surprise me because he is just a wonderful person and a great coach way to represent Steeler Nation

  7. Charlene Miles

    August 19, 2022 at 8:06 am

    As a Steelers fan, this is awesome our young people need postive role models and have a once in a lifetime experience, they will never forget this.

  8. Tom S

    August 19, 2022 at 8:18 am

    That’s what he preaches so I’m not surprised at all. He just doesn’t talk the talk he walks the walk. Great human being before being a Great coach

  9. Tim Veney

    August 19, 2022 at 8:27 am

    He’s always been that way even in High school as a student. A great person to represent Newport News Virginia. We need more of that in this world today.

  10. Louis Collind

    August 19, 2022 at 8:39 am

    That’s putting your heart into action.
    He has show love with action and not just words. Excellent example of leadership.

  11. Gary D Porter

    August 19, 2022 at 8:42 am

    A man is judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character in the words of the late great incomparable reverend doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. I applaud my Thomas and others like him each 1 teach 1 each 1 reach 1 thank you! MIKE for representing HUMANITY 🙌


    August 19, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Love this❤️❤️

  13. Cherie

    August 19, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Thank you coach Tomlin🤗 That is absolutely awesome. You definitely are an angel for these children. I’m so proud of you for taking a stand to help these children, only the Lord knows what kind of environment the children are being raised in and to give them an opportunity to see what team work, hard work and to help open their eyes to what opportunities they can have in their adult lives. God Bless You 🙏.

  14. David C

    August 19, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Spiritual Love enables people like Mike to know what to do when the time arrives, not any sooner or later, thank God for Mike’s faith and love for humanity.

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  16. Mary touchstone

    August 20, 2022 at 10:08 am

    That was a great thing to do especially with what goes on in the streets today. I wish he can get to all the kids no matter how old they are. I cry when I hear of a child shot and killed every day on the news. To me he’s a hero for stopping them from fighting. We need more men to step up and help young kids from fighting

  17. Jason Bacus

    August 20, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    That man is golden in every aspect. Media needs these types of things to report.

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