Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is entering year six in the NFL, and he’s making a point to lead by example for his teammates.
“I’m a big monkey-see, monkey-do type of guy,” said Fitzpatrick at Wednesday’s media availability. “I’m not the type of guy that is going to be screaming and yelling and telling people what to do. I’m going to try and just lead by example, and if they want to follow they can follow.”
Fitzpatrick was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 11th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and he quickly adjusted to the professional level, having an impressive rookie season. Two games into the 2019 season Fitzpatrick was traded to the Steelers after some disagreements with the Dolphins coaching staff. Since coming to the Steelers in 2019, he’s become one of the top safeties in the league, making three Pro Bowls and being nominated First-Team All-Pro three times as well. Last June he signed a four-year $73.6 million contract extension, and he lived up to the contract with 96 tackles and six interceptions in 2022.
Fitzpatrick is the longest-tenured member of the Steeler’s secondary, and with the addition of Joey Porter Jr. in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, his veteran leadership will certainly be utilized.
The full clip from Wednesday’s media availability can be seen below.
Minkah Fitzpatrick: "I think we are ahead of the game." pic.twitter.com/iphA7LDzcC
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