Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ices kicker at his own pro day


Mike Tomlin is taking his kicking prospects very seriously.

Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo, who won the Lou Groza Award for best kicker as a freshman for the Seminoles, was kicking for the Steelers. Tomlin decided to mess with the well-known kicker and call a fake time out to ice him.


“At the end of the day I think I finished strong and finished with that game-winning [kick]. They called the timeout and I kicked it again, so they liked that. I think I had a great workout,” Aguayo said, per ESPN. “Tomlin called a timeout. They want to see you still kick it because you can test, see where the wind’s blowing and everything, so they liked that, how I kicked it still. It was a 50-yarder.”

“The Steelers’ [assistant coach] was trying to get in my head at the beginning. He was asking all these questions, but after I didn’t pay attention to him, he walked off,” Aguayo said. “See, those are the little things they want to see, if you get distracted, if you get flustered from … They’re like, ‘Why are you going to hit five warm-ups? Why can’t you hit three warm-ups?’ All those little things and he’s like, ‘Oh, you’re sticking by the book,’ and I was like, ‘Yes sir.’ Those are the little things, see, and overall I think I had a good workout.”

That’s putting someone on the spot. And Aguayo seemed to do okay.