On Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers CB Arthur Maulet jumped on the Cook and Joe Show on 93.7 The Fan to talk about last season when the Steelers were able to overcome the loss of OLB T.J. Watt for half of the season and battle back to a winning record and nearly make the postseason.
Maulet was also asked about the loss of CB Cameron Sutton to the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh’s response by signing All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson to a two-year deal. Maulet responded that he looks forward to calling Peterson his teammate, having followed Peterson’s collegiate and professional career since his youth.
“With Pat [Peterson] coming in, man, I’m excited,” Maulet said. “I’m a Louisiana boy, so I watched him growing up a little bit while he was at LSU, so I’m definitely excited. I definitely was watching him and Julio Jones go at it and Death Valley, so I’m excited to see him and pick his brain. Like I said, I’m excited to get to work with those guys.”
Maulet was born in New Orleans in 1993 and played his high school ball at Bonnabel before going on to play at Memphis. Needless to say, the Louisiana roots run deep for Maulet, who was playing his high school ball as Peterson was wrapping up an illustrious college career with the Tigers, earning All-SEC honors as a cornerback and return ace while also piling up the hardware, winning the Jim Thorpe Award, the Jack Tatum Trophy, The Chuck Bednarik Award, and being named a unanimous first team All-American in 2010. Peterson and Julio Jones went in consecutive picks in the 2011 NFL Draft after having quite the battle in Baton Rouge, like Maulet mentioned.
As of now, Maulet is projected to factor in for Pittsburgh at the nickel while Peterson figures to man one of the starting spots on the boundary. Maulet has always been a great locker room guy and often plays with an evident passion for the game that his teammates can feed off of. Now he will look to become a student and watch every move his childhood hero makes now as his teammate, looking to learn from Peterson as the two look to help stabilize and provide splash plays for Pittsburgh’s secondary this coming season.