Steelers Next Big Star

robert ethanCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 01:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stretches during rookie training camp at the Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Facility on May 1, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

My money is on #17 Mike Wallace, the street smart wide receiver from the mean streets of New Orlean's West Bank enclave of Algiers.

Wallace grew up (and out of) a background that makes all these NFL gangsta wannabe posers seem pretty ridiculous by comparison.

Blessed with exceptional natural athletic ability, Mike has followed the straight and narrow to the point where he very unlikely to be sidetracked from his career ambitions.

Through all the trials and tribulations he has been through, Mike has emerged as a bright, upbeat, charismatic, and self effacing just turned 23 year old.

Most exciting rookie to come to Pittsburgh in the years I've been following them.

Related

    Small-Town Hero to NFL Draft’s Top TE

    Pittsburgh Steelers logo
    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Small-Town Hero to NFL Draft’s Top TE

    Mike Tanier
    via Bleacher Report

    How to Avoid Biggest NFL Draft Mistakes

    Pittsburgh Steelers logo
    Pittsburgh Steelers

    How to Avoid Biggest NFL Draft Mistakes

    Brad Gagnon
    via Bleacher Report

    Report: Eagles Reward Foles with Restructured Contract

    NFL logo
    NFL

    Report: Eagles Reward Foles with Restructured Contract

    Kyle Newport
    via Bleacher Report

    Gaine 'Optimistic' Clowney Deal Will Get Done

    NFL logo
    NFL

    Gaine 'Optimistic' Clowney Deal Will Get Done

    Tim Daniels
    via Bleacher Report