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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why is this HHS alum, current NFL star in Hot Water?

Mike Mitchell, defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and HHS grad, jumping the line of scrimmage toward the end of Sunday's loss to the Jets/via CBS

If you watched Sunday's NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets through to its conclusion, you probably saw when Steelers defensive back Mike Mitchell, in what was probably a moment of frustration or desperation (with little more than a minute left, the Steelers had brought their game-long deficit down to just seven points), jumped the line of scrimmage, provoking a shoving match that ultimately had nearly every player on the field up in arms.

As it happens, #23 has Fort Thomas roots.

Before joining the NFL, Mitchell was a Highlands Bluebird and went on to play at Ohio University, as well.

Mitchell's dramatic leap on Sunday had some scratching their heads: was it a last-ditch effort to force a turn-over? Was Mitchell just trying to disrupt what would have been one of the Jets' final moves to run down the clock?

Either way, it had Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin, shaking his head. "We don't want to play football like that," ESPN quoted Tomlin on Twitter, who is also reported as calling it "not professional."

Here's a clip of the incident:

h/t the Enquirer

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