First and foremost, shout out to Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Tomlin. He made an easy choice, that kept the health of one of his players in tact. Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Ryan Clark, has the sickle cell trait, which cause problems when in low-oxygen, high altitude conditions. This coming Sunday, the Steelers will be in Denver playing their first playoff game, and Coach Tomlin has made the decision to bench Ryan for this game, to protect his safety’s safety. The last time he played a game in Denver, was in 2007. And that game caused him to lose his spleen, gallbladder, 30 pounds, and he could not play for the rest of the season.
“I met with him and informed him I am not going to allow him to play in the game,” Tomlin said. “It was an easy decision for us. When looking at all of our data we came to the determination he is at more risk so we are not going to play him. It’s that simple.”
- Coach Tomlin
Coach Tomlin definitely made the right decision. Shout out to him again!