When the Pittsburgh Steelers line up on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, they will be welcoming an old face back into Heinz Field. Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace will be taking his first steps back into Pittsburgh after leaving the Steelers last March in free agency. Wallace signed a contract with the Dolphins worth $60 million.
When Wallace was approached by the media over the course of the week, he was obviously asked about what it will be like playing his former team.
“I don’t want to get caught up in too much hype about a personal battle with these guys, because it’s not really about that. It’s about moving forward. These guys stand in the way of our playoff hopes. They’re another team in the way that has to go down.”
The fifth year wide receiver has had a rocky first season with his new team. Wallace’s contribution to the Dolphins offense early in the season was little recording just 40 catches and one touchdown. As of late, Wallace has turned up the heat recording one touchdown in each of his previous two games.
“I’m feeling more comfortable every week in the offense,” Wallace said. “It’s time to hit my stride. No more warming up. It’s time to go. It’s December. You’ve got to make plays now. You don’t have time to wait. It’s going to be exciting.”
The Steelers face a must win scenario if they wish to stay alive in the AFC playoff hunt. The Dolphins are tied with the Ravens at 6-6 for the final seed in the AFC wildcard. All of this makes Sunday’s game more important between the Steelers and Dolphins.