Mitch Trubisky voted a Pittsburgh Steelers captain with Mike Tomlin’s starting quarterback call looming

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are yet to reveal their starting quarterback for Week 1, but on Monday Mitch Trubisky earned a new title: captain.

Trubisky, 28, was selected as one of five team captains along with running back Najee Harris, defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, linebacker TJ Watt and safety/special teamer Miles Killebrew.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Trubisky. “Of course, every time you are voted in by your peers and your teammates, it means a lot. I just come here, try to set an example, gain the trust of my team-mates and if they choose me to captain it definitely means a lot.”

Coach Mike Tomlin is expected to announce the Week 1 starter on Tuesday, and Trubisky didn’t reveal his head coach’s plan Monday — although the captaincy does suggest the head coach’s direction.

“You can take whatever you want,” Trubisky said. “I mean, no, the announcement will come out when it needs to come out, but you won’t hear from me. And we just go about our business.”

Trubisky said he last captained a season during his college career at North Carolina.

“I’m just myself,” Trubisky said. “It’s just something that comes with the quarterback position. You lead offense, you lead by example and, but you also want to lead the whole team, special teams and defense. You just want to be that guy, day in day out guys can look and be like, ‘Hey, if I do what this guy does, we’re going in the right direction.’ And I just try to do that every day and be consistent.”

Since signing early in free agency with the Steelers, Trubisky has shown leadership on and off the field. Before training camp, Trubisky invited many members of the offensive line to his Florida home for an off-season training and bonding weekend.

“He opened up his home to us and like that,” said tight end Pat Freiermuth, “it kind of made us believe in him.”

Trubisky isn’t the only captain to go the extra mile in the offseason. Harris impressed the quarterback when he flew in to visit him after Trubisky signed a two-year contract with the Steelers in March.

“He came in … to talk about what we’re going to do this year and just be a great teammate,” Trubisky said of Harris. “He was there for me from day one. And to me, those are the little things that people don’t see that leaders do on a day-to-day basis. that’s why he is who he is.”

Harris and Killebrew are team captains for the first time, while Heyward has captained for eight consecutive years. Watt is captaining for the second time in his career after earning the honor for the 2020 season. Mitch Trubisky voted a Pittsburgh Steelers captain with Mike Tomlin’s starting quarterback call looming

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