Steelers’ Tomlin prefers low profile

His legend is growing daily, but Mike Tomlin possesses the ability to deflect attention from himself during his rapid ascension as one of the hottest coaching properties in professional sports.
When Tomlin learned two years ago that he would be named the Steelers’ new coach, he was playing foosball with his two sons, Michael Dean and Mason.

“I got off the phone and they were interested in finishing the game, so we did,” Tomlin said. “Really, that is the approach I have taken.”
Tomlin’s willingness to downplay his role when the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, in Super Bowl XLIII was never more evident when he didn’t hold the Lombardi Trophy during the postgame celebration.
“I actually never even touched it,” he said. “I see five of them every day when I go to work. I know what they look like. I’m just glad that I can do my part in terms of contributing to that trophy case.”

pittsburghlive.com
2/9/09