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Mike Wallace says he’s playing for Super Bowl and not a new contract

Mike Wallace, Jason McCourty AP

Wide receiver Mike Wallace didn’t get the deal that he wanted from the Steelers this offseason and the potential free agent is still looking for a long-term deal with the team.

Wallace admitted that his contract situation is on his mind as he plays this season, but he’s adamant that it isn’t the biggest motivating factor for him.

“You’re playing to get to the Super Bowl. If I look at it like I’m playing for a contract, I don’t think I’ll do well. It will be too much on me, I’ll be trying too hard,” Wallace said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m looking at it as we’re just trying to win ball games, and I’m just trying to do what I can do to get my team to the playoffs and Super Bowl.”

Wallace’s desire to get to the Super Bowl isn’t totally separate from Wallace’s individual goals. The wideout knows that being a productive player on a good team can lead to the riches he was looking for during the offseason.

“I’ve got a ways to go but, one day, I want to get me one of those gold jackets,” Wallace said. “I’ve got to keep scoring touchdowns, and I’ve got to keep making plays. If I can do that, I’ll get what I want to get. It’s not about money; it’s about being the best you can be.”

Wallace has 21 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns on the year, a decent start for him but not enough to keep the Steelers from losing three of their first five games. That’s not an obvious path to the Super Bowl, although there’s still plenty of time for things to move in the right direction.

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11 Responses to “Mike Wallace says he’s playing for Super Bowl and not a new contract”
  1. dexterismyhero says: Oct 16, 2012 11:26 AM

    Gold Jackets? Like the one Chad Johnson put on a few years back?

  2. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:30 AM

    Maybe he was referring to a manila folder, ya know the gold jacket that your police record sits in?

  3. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 16, 2012 12:01 PM

    one trick pony, not a great route runner. doubt he gets his big payday from the steelers, tho someone willl overpay for him just because of his speed.

  4. steelersmichele says: Oct 16, 2012 12:12 PM

    Maybe he should just focus on playing. If he catches more passes and makes his blocks, he can help us win a few more games–because right now he doesn’t look like Larry Fitzgerald and the team doesn’t look like they will make the playoffs let alone win the SB.

  5. Steeley McBeam says: Oct 16, 2012 12:15 PM

    People love to overlook the fact that there are TWO teams in the AFC with winning records. Meaning the third place team is 3-3. The Steelers are 2-3 because of the bye, but a win this week puts them right back in the hunt.

  6. dallassux says: Oct 16, 2012 12:22 PM

    He should probably play for contract because they aren’t winning the Super Bowl

  7. orangebluedonkey says: Oct 16, 2012 12:30 PM

    At least he has a great attitude

  8. ravenator says: Oct 16, 2012 12:32 PM

    A Superbowl, with that team, hah! Thats good for a laugh. They won’t even make the playoffs

  9. squared80 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:09 PM

    Sounds like a comment from somebody who’s playing for a contract…

  10. bcfalcon says: Oct 16, 2012 1:11 PM

    He should be thinking about making the playoffs more than anything else!

  11. whatjusthapped says: Oct 16, 2012 1:21 PM

    If he’s truly playing for a Superbowl, he better be traded in the next two weeks or buy a ticket like the rest of us.

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