Head Coach Mike Tomlin had to have been crushed by falling short in last night’s Super Bowl XLV game. However, one small act shows his character and leadership abilities.
He was the first to arrive at the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room. But, rather than going in, he stopped at the door and waited for each of his players to get there. He shook each of his player’s hands looking them in the eye each time. This couldn’t have been easy for him. With multiple on-lookers and long gaps between arriving groups of players. He was there a good 8 minutes (or so) making sure he didn’t miss anyone.
It is no wonder that “unified” is the best way to describe the Steelers moribund locker room after the devastating loss to the Green Bay Packers. At least three different Steelers expressed their “love” for their teammates explaining they’d do anything for them. I didn’t hear one player point a finger at another. This kind of well-built team only comes when you have a true leader at the helm.
Tomlin’s small gesture speaks volumes as to his ability to build a cohesive and effective team.