Pope brings familiarity with offense to Steelers
posted Jun 5 2012 5:01PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Leonard Pope smiled, shook his head and rolled his eyes incredulously. Then he politely answered the question.
Pope was the only unrestricted free agent the Steelers signed in the offseason, and questions for the 6-foot-8 tight end keep coming back again and again to one subject.
Not the 102 receptions or nine touchdowns he has totaled in his six-year NFL career, and not his appearance in the 2009 Super Bowl. Not even his nickname, "Champ" - or the fact he saved a 6-year-old boy from drowning in a swimming pool last summer.
All anyone wants to talk to Pope about is his familiarity with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's offense. Wherever Haley has been the past six years - from Arizona to Kansas City and now Pittsburgh - he's taken Pope with him.