Mike Tomlin
American football player and coach
Mike Tomlin
Michael Tomlin is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Tomlin is the third youngest head coach in any of the four major North American professional sports. He is the tenth African-American head coach in NFL history, and first in Steelers history. With the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009, Tomlin became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory.
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Steelers tip hat to Super Bowl-bound Patriots
Yahoo News - about 1 month
By Larry Fine FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and his players were gracious in defeat after falling one hurdle short of the Super Bowl, praising the Patriots for being the better team on Sunday. "I tip my cap to those guys, they are the champions of the AFC and rightfully so," Tomlin said after the 36-17 loss at Gillette Stadium in the American Football Conference title game. "We didn't get the things done that we wanted to get done ... to be competitive and close." Tomlin lamented that the Patriots were able to dictate the pace of play.
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Facebook may have encouraged Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to record locker room celebration
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Following the Pittsburgh Steelers' victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown quickly made headlines for all the wrong reasons. During the midst of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's victory speech, Brown took his iPhone out, fired up Facebook Live and began broadcasting Tomlin's speech in real-time for all the world to see. Comically, Tomlin at one point urged his players to keep a low profile and to stay off social media while Brown and a handful of teammates were hamming it up for the camera. While some found Brown's antics amusing, others took a more hard-line stance and argued that Brown not only violated Tomlin's privacy, but that he also violated an NFL league policy prohibiting players from taking to social media until post-game interviews have concluded. An excerpt of Brown's 17-minute Facebook Live video can be seen below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J17xok6TPFs One week removed from the event, we now have more of an idea as to why ...
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Mike Tomlin calls Antonio Brown 'selfish,' says receiver will be punished for locker room video
LATimes - about 1 month
Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that star receiver Antonio Brown will be disciplined for live-streaming video from the team’s locker room Sunday night following a playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. That video included audio of Tomlin making a profane reference to the...
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin cites Pats' extra prep day in fiery speech
ABC News - about 1 month
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown took viewers inside the locker room following Sunday night's 18-16 playoff victory over the Chiefs?in Kansas City, posting 17 minutes of video on Facebook Live that included the voice of head coach Mike Tomlin addressing the team. Tomlin highlighted how the New England Patriots have a head start in their preparations for Sunday's AFC Championship Game, after beating the Houston Texans 34-16 on Saturday. "When you get to this point in the journey, man, not a lot needs to be said. Let's say very little moving forward. Let's start our preparations. We just spotted these a--h---- a day and a half. They played yesterday. Our game got moved to tonight. We're going to touch down at 4 o'clock in the f---ing morning. So be it," Tomlin said in the video. "We'll be ready for their a--. But you ain't got to tell them we're coming. "Keep a low profile, and let's get ready to.. ...
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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin essentially calls Terry Bradshaw dumb after 'cheerleader guy' comment
LATimes - 2 months
Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin usually isn’t one to get too fired up about something, at least in public. Most of his interviews and news conferences are filled with a lot of canned phrases or football cliches. But after team legend Terry Bradshaw said Tomlin is a “great cheerleader guy” rather...
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Can you spell 'shade'? Steelers' Mike Tomlin has great response for Terry Bradshaw - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 2 months
Yahoo Sports Can you spell 'shade'? Steelers' Mike Tomlin has great response for Terry Bradshaw Yahoo Sports We've heard Terry Bradshaw's thoughts on Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, and we've heard from some of Tomlin's players on Bradshaw's comments. But we hadn't really heard from Tomlin himself until Tuesday. And it was worth the wait. Meeting with ... Blog Log: Mike Tomlin responds to Terry Bradshaw's dig; Steelers fans defend their coachWashington Post (blog) Steelers' Mike Tomlin says Terry Bradshaw went too far with his commentsESPN Mike Tomlin responds to Terry Bradshaw's 'cheerleader guy' commentsFOXSports.com Tribune-Review -USA TODAY -NESN.com -Press Herald all 126 news articles »
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Steelers come to Mike Tomlin's defense in wake of Terry Bradshaw's criticism - FOXSports.com
Google News - 2 months
FOXSports.com Steelers come to Mike Tomlin's defense in wake of Terry Bradshaw's criticism FOXSports.com Mike Tomlin is in the midst of his 10th year as Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, having guided the franchise to seven playoff appearances – including this season – and a Super Bowl title in that span. So when his players heard Steelers great Terry ... Steelers 'weren't happy' after Terry Bradshaw criticized Mike TomlinESPN Steelers notebook: DL Maxey promoted to active rosterTribune-Review Terry Bradshaw (@terrybradshaw) | TwitterTwitter YouTube -ESPN all 59 news articles »
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First the twerk, now the pump: Brown gets 2nd fine for TD dances
ABC News - 5 months
PITTSBURGH -- Antonio Brown is still too sexy for the NFL. Brown acknowledged to ESPN that he's been fined for his touchdown-celebration dance during the Pittsburgh Steelers' 43-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The NFL has a rule against "sexually suggestive" behavior on the field. The Steelers wideout got a $9,115 fine for his Week 1 twerking, and under the taunting category, a second offense would be $12,154. Brown, who will address the media on Friday, also got a fine for wearing baby blue cleats in the season opener. Each dance earned Brown a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct fine, prompting coach Mike Tomlin to publicly ask the league for clarity on what's acceptable. The league is sending a video to teams that explains the issue. No pumps, basically. Teammates have come to Brown's defense to say: Let the man twerk. "That's what happens when you give someone [commissioner Roger Goodell] total power,"...
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Aggressive Steelers hit all right notes in opening win
Fox News - 6 months
PITTSBURGH (AP) Trailing early in the second quarter on Monday night and his team well within field goal range, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin could have opted for a field goal that would have cut Washington's lead in half.
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Steelers new 'MVP' is robot - Mobile Virtual Player
Yahoo News - 9 months
New padded robots operated by remote control are being used by the Pittsburgh Steelers in off-season workouts with more available to NFL teams next year if experimental tests work out. The Mobile Virtual Player -- dummies on wheels that can weave, change direction, speed up and stop -- are being used as far more than simulated tackling surrogates by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who has them testing receivers and rushers in training. "It's an awesome piece of football technology," Tomlin said in a posting on the club website.
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With Steelers Falling Short, Mike Tomlin Gets Right to Work
NYTimes - about 1 year
Keith Butler, who impressed Coach Mike Tomlin this season, remains Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator, but whether he will have the star cornerback Cortez Allen is uncertain.
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The NFL Has Been Approaching Its Diversity Problem The Wrong Way
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It’s been about a dozen years since the questionable firing of two black head coaches led the NFL to institute a rule aimed to address the lack of diversity on its sidelines. Beginning in 2003, the “Rooney Rule” mandated that each franchise interview at least one minority candidate whenever it’s hiring a new head coach. All these years later, the situation has changed for the better, if only slightly. There are currently five black head coaches on the league’s sidelines, as Todd Bowles, Jim Caldwell, Hue Jackson, Marvin Lewis and Mike Tomlin have all risen through the ranks to become their teams’ respective lead men. But new research indicates that if we want to affect significant change and make strides toward a more diverse league, we have to stop focusing on the highest levels of the coaching hierarchy -- head coaches -- and start paying closer attention to the way we place and promote coaches in the earliest stages of their NFL tenures. That requires focusing on the coaches ...
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Steelers Prepping to Roll With Backups Toussaint and Todman
NYTimes - about 1 year
Fitzgerald Toussaint stood at his locker hursday afternoon, a black hoodie pulled tight over his head. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin saw the young running back basking in the glow of the TV lights and jokingly wondered aloud why a player who spent most of the year on the practice squad was getting so much attention.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Tomlin
  • 2013
    Age 40
    On December 4, 2013 the NFL announced that they had fined Tomlin $100,000, and hinted it was considering stripping the Steelers of one or more draft picks because his actions affected the play on the field.
    More Details Hide Details The $100,000 fine is tied for the second-highest for a coach in NFL history, and is also tied for the highest for a coach who does not also have the powers of general manager. Then-Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice was fined $100,000 in 2005 for scalping Super Bowl tickets. Tomlin met his wife, Kiya Winston, while they were students at The College of William & Mary, where Tomlin majored in biology. He graduated in 1995. They have three children: sons Michael Dean, born in 2000, and Mason, born in 2002; and a daughter, Harlyn Quinn, born in 2006. Tomlin resides with his family in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and attends the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Tomlin is a spring 1991 initiate of the Eta Omega chapter at Old Dominion University and charter member of the Xi Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, The College of William & Mary.
    Facing the Baltimore Ravens on November 28, 2013 in a primetime Thanksgiving Day game with major playoff implications, Tomlin became the subject of controversy when video replay showed him possibly interfering with a kick return.
    More Details Hide Details With the Steelers trailing, 13–7, in the third quarter, Tomlin stood just off the field along the visiting team's sideline as Baltimore's Jacoby Jones broke free on a kickoff return for a potential game breaking touchdown. Tomlin, with his back to the approaching play, appeared to glance over his shoulder then place his foot briefly onto the field as he jumped out of the way, causing Jones to veer inside where he was tackled. Several Ravens players claimed Tomlin had intentionally interfered with Jones; if officials had agreed, a touchdown could have been awarded to the Ravens based on the palpably unfair act. However, no penalty was called for interference or for standing in the white border area reserved for the officiating crew. Whether it was deemed intentional or not, Tomlin was widely criticized in the media. Following the game, Tomlin defended himself, stating he had simply wandered too close to the field while watching the play on the stadium's Jumbotron, a mistake he said coaches often make. The league subsequently announced it was investigating the matter, with the potential of a heavy fine and forfeited draft pick.
  • 2012
    Age 39
    On July 24, 2012, Tomlin received a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
    More Details Hide Details The financial terms were not disclosed. In the 2012–2013 season, the Steelers finished 8–8 after struggling with injuries to QB Ben Roethlisberger and the offensive line and adjusting to the system of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley. It was the second time that the Steelers failed to make the playoffs under Tomlin's tenure as head coach.
    The elder Tomlin died in January 2012 from an apparent heart attack in Ocala, Florida, at the age of 63.
    More Details Hide Details However, Tomlin hardly knew his birth father and was raised by his mother and stepfather.
  • 2011
    Age 38
    On November 13, 2011, Tomlin won his 50th game as the Steelers head coach with a 24–17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
    More Details Hide Details Of the team's 16 head coaches, Tomlin was the fourth to reach this milestone.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    In the 2010, he coached the Steelers to a 12-4 record.
    More Details Hide Details Tomlin would lead them to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years. In Super Bowl XLV the Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-25.
    On July 13, 2010, Tomlin signed a three-year contract extension with the Steelers.
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  • 2009
    Age 36
    With the victory in Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 against the Arizona Cardinals, Tomlin became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl championship.
    More Details Hide Details Tomlin was born in Hampton, Virginia, the younger of two sons; his brother, Eddie, is three and a half years older. Their father, Ed Tomlin, played football at Hampton Institute in the 1960s and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. He later played for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
    On February 1, 2009, at age 36, Tomlin became the youngest head coach to win the Super Bowl when the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
    More Details Hide Details The previous record was held by Jon Gruden, who was 39 when he won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coincidentally, Tomlin was the defensive backs coach under Gruden when the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl and was a key component for the success they received that year.
    On January 29, 2009, Tomlin was named the 2008 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    When the Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 AFC Championship Game, Mike Tomlin became the youngest NFL head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details He also became the third African-American to coach a team to the Super Bowl, following Chicago's Lovie Smith and Indianapolis' Tony Dungy, the two opposing coaches in Super Bowl XLI. After two seasons, with a record of 22-10, he was the winningest head coach in Steelers history based on a win percentage (68.8%).
  • 2007
    Age 34
    Tomlin led the Steelers to the 2007 AFC North Division championship and a 10–6 record in his first year as head coach.
    More Details Hide Details The Steelers lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 31–29. Tomlin began his career with a 15–7 record in regular season play—as did his predecessor Cowher and all-time win-leader Don Shula. Tomlin set a Steelers record for most wins, after winning 22 games in his first two seasons as head coach; in addition he became the first Steelers coach to win division titles in his first two seasons.
    With only a year of experience as a defensive coordinator, Tomlin was hired on January 27, 2007 to become the sixteenth Steelers head coach.
    More Details Hide Details Tomlin replaced Bill Cowher as the head coach, who retired after spending 15 years with the team. He had also interviewed for the head coaching vacancy with the Miami Dolphins, which eventually was given to Cam Cameron. Unlike other head coaching changes, Tomlin would take over for a proven winning team. With Tomlin, the Steelers continued a trend of hiring head coaches in their 30s. The others were Cowher (age 34 in 1992), Chuck Noll (38 in 1969), Bill Austin (38 in 1966), John Michelosen (32 in 1948), Jim Leonard (35 in 1945), Aldo Donelli (33 in 1941) Walt Kiesling (35 in 1939), Johnny "Blood" McNally (33 in 1937) and Joe Bach (36 in 1935). Tomlin is the 10th African-American head coach in NFL history and the first for the Steelers franchise. The Steelers owner, Dan Rooney, has served as the head of the NFL's diversity committee and proposed the Rooney Rule, requiring that teams interview at least one minority candidate when hiring a new head coach. Although Tomlin's ascension to an NFL head coaching job has been cited as evidence of the rule working as intended, Rooney himself disputes this, as he had already interviewed a minority candidate prior to interviewing Tomlin.
  • 2006
    Age 33
    After spending 2006 as the Vikings Defensive Coordinator, Tomlin was selected to interview for the vacant head coaching position with the 2005 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
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    Tomlin was selected by Vikings' head coach Brad Childress to be his defensive coordinator in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Two of the players on the Vikings were older than Tomlin, and Tomlin had been a teammate of Vikings' safety Darren Sharper at William and Mary. The 2006 Vikings finished with the NFL's eighth-best overall defense, but had the unusual distinction of finishing as the top-ranked defense against the run, and the worst-ranked defense against the pass.
  • 2001
    Age 28
    Tomlin was hired as the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001, where he first learned the Tampa 2 defense that he would use in later coaching jobs.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002 and 2005, the Buccaneers led the NFL in total defense (fewest yards allowed per game). During Tomlin's tenure, the defense never ranked worse than sixth overall. When the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003, the team recorded five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns.
  • 1997
    Age 24
    Following a brief stint on the University of Tennessee at Martin's coaching staff, Tomlin was hired by Arkansas State University in 1997 to coach its defensive backs.
    More Details Hide Details Tomlin stayed there for two seasons, before being hired as defensive backs coach by the University of Cincinnati.
  • 1996
    Age 23
    He spent the 1996 season as a graduate assistant at the University of Memphis, where he worked with the defensive backs and special teams.
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  • 1995
    Age 22
    Tomlin's coaching career began in 1995 as the wide receiver coach at Virginia Military Institute under former West Virginia University head coach Bill Stewart.
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  • 1994
    Age 21
    As a wide receiver and tight end, he was a second-team All-Yankee Conference selection in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Tomlin never played professional football.
  • 1990
    Age 17
    Tomlin graduated from Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia in 1990 where he set a school-record 20 touchdown catches.
    More Details Hide Details He attended the College of William and Mary, becoming a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
  • 1980
    Age 7
    Tomlin's mother, Julia, married Leslie Copeland, a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, in 1980.
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  • 1972
    Born on March 15, 1972.
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