Pouncey, Rainey Connection Runs Deeper Than Blood [VIDEO]
I’m sure most of us remember the story about Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle, who’s life the hit movie The Blind Side was based on. For those of you who are not football fans or who missed the movie, Oher was from a broken home and ended up homeless. He fought through the hardships in his life after being taken in by a rich white family who helped him realize he could overcome the hand he was dealt in life and make something of himself.
While Oher’s story is widely known, the story of Chris Rainey of the Pittsburg Steelers is just as fascinating but far less publicized.
Rainey, the son of a single mother from Lakeland, Florida, Chris was bounced around and raised by his mother, his grandmother, and the foster care system before meeting identical twin brothers Maurkice and Mike Pouncey while attending high school in Florida.
The three boys became instant friends and were soon inseparable. As luck would have it the Pouncey family welcomed Chris in as their own son when their boys told them about his living situation.
All three boys went on to receive college scholarships to play football for the Florida Gators, and all three boys were drafted by professional football teams, Maurkice and Chris by the Steelers and Mike by the Miami Dolphins.
For the first time in the boys lives they would not be playing for the same teams when Mike was drafted by the Dolphins and Maurkice by the Steelers, but they did not let that stop them from continuing to push each other to be the best they could be. When Chris joined Maurkice as a Steeler, brother Mike was right there to cheer his brothers on as Chris made his very first touchdown as a professional.
We have all heard about Oher’s story, we all know about the Manning’s but few know the story of the triple threat of the brothers from Florida.