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Pittsburgh Profile: Mike McGlynn

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Ex-Panther has forged a long career in the NFL

Former Pitt offensive lineman Mike McGlynn was at Heinz Field on Sunday as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs when they played against the Steelers. Both teams battled throughout the day in a close game, but ultimately, the Steelers pulled out the 20-12 win.

“It was a tough day. We played against a good team. We weren’t able to come out with a victory,” McGlynn said. “Certain things didn’t go our way. Give all the credit to the Steelers. They made plays.”

The 6-5, 325 lb. offensive lineman was chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round (109th pick overall) in the 2008 NFL draft. He credited his days at Pitt in being instrumental in his development from college to playing in the NFL.

McGlynn also played with the Indianapolis Colts (2012-2013), the Cincinnati Bengals (2011), and Philadelphia Eagles (2008-2010), before signing as a free agent with the Chiefs this season after being released by the Washington Redskins in August. 

"I just like coming back to Pittsburgh in general. It's almost a second home to me. I played at Pitt. Me and my wife met back home [Austintown, Ohio] but we both went to college in Pittsburgh. I went to Pitt and she went to Duquesne. I proposed to my wife in Pittsburgh," McGlynn said. "It’s just a place that brings back so many memories. Pittsburgh has a special place in my heart."

McGlynn has played in 59 NFL games, starting 50, and six post-season games (five starts). He started two games at left guard this year, but has also played at right guard and center in the NFL.

"I think the brand of football that we played (at Pitt), the toughness we brought, prepared us for the next level," McGlynn said. "There’s a bunch of guys who I played with at Pitt who are playing on Sundays."

McGlynn had a stellar career at Pitt. He played in 47 games, starting 43, from 2004-2007 after redshirting in 2003. He earned all-Big East honors three times, including first team All-Big East and third team all-American in his senior year.

"I still follow Pitt every weekend," McGlynn said. "I like to know what's going on every game."

McGlynn is aware of the coaching search and athletic director search that are going on right now at Pitt.

"I follow what’s going on. I know some things have to fall in line right now with our program with getting a new coach and a new athletic director," McGlynn said. "I think we have the right people in place at the university with the new chancellor and the board, to bring our program back to national prominence. I’m excited about the future of our program and hopefully, one day, I can meet the new chancellor."

While he was in Pittsburgh for the weekend, McGlynn took the chance to look up some old friends at the UPMC South Side Complex.

"I went over to the South Side Complex, saw some old friends that are still on staff at Pitt like [head trainer] Rob Blanc, Chris LaSala, Bob Junko, E.J. Borghetti," MGlynn said. "It was great seeing all the familiar faces. They were a big part of me growing as a man."

McGlynn also keeps in contact with former Pitt teammates who are in the NFL when he has a chance.

"I stay in touch with a lot of guys I played with, the Revis’s, the McCoy’s, all those guys," McGlynn said. "It’s good seeing guys succeed on SundaPitt Mike McGlynnys."

McGlynn also saw a familiar face at the 50 yard line at Heinz Field after the game when he bumped into Steeler backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.

"Bruce and I played together in Cincinnati," McGlynn said. "His cousin, Joe Del Sardo, was my roommate at Pitt."

McGlynn was not happy about being on the losing end of Sunday's game, but that did not stop him from being happy about visiting Pittsburgh this weekend.

“I matured as a man at Pitt,” McGlynn said. “It helped me achieve what I have now in life.”

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