The moment after Myles Garrett drilled Mason Rudolph with his own helmet, Maurkice Pouncey was in attack mode.
The Steelers center started wildly throwing punches and kicks at Garrett. Pouncey likely faces a fine and a suspension for his actions, but players and fans are rushing to his defense.
“Yeaaaah pounce. Straight up don’t touch my QB let alone disrespect him like that,” Chargers receiver Keenan Allen wrote on Twitter.
“Just so yall know that inside a NFL locker room Maurkice Pouncey is a hero,” Deion Sanders tweeted. “He protected his QB and he was willing to risk it all for his teammate. Ain’t many dogs like that left in the game. He should be fined but no Suspension for Pouncey. That’s a REAL TEAMMATE!”
“Everyone on the Steelers is giving him fist-bumps for what he did this morning,” former Jets lineman Damien Woody said on ESPN this morning.
Pouncey, who was ejected from the game, told reporters after the Browns’ 21-7 victory that he blacked out after seeing Garrett wildly swing the helmet. Pouncey said that Garrett “Absolutely. 100 percent” should be suspended.
“We’ll see how serious the NFL is about their players,” Pouncey added.
The veteran, though, is unconcerned with any repercussions that are coming his way.
“At this point, who cares?” Pouncey said. “My man got hit in the head with a helmet. I’ll accept whatever penalty it is.”
Pouncey, 30, will have some help paying any fines, as Steelers fans have set up a GoFundMe in support with a goal of $50,000.
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