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Tomlin surprises Kugler

Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

At times, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can come off brash.

But in all reality, he has a understanding heart, especially when it comes to family.

The Steelers coach showed a soft side of his personality over the weekend when he surprised offensive line coach Sean Kugler by allowing him to go watch his oldest son, Robert, start his first collegiate game when Purdue played at Ohio State.

The Steelers played in Cincinnati on Sunday and with the team flight leaving Pittsburgh during the early afternoon hours of Saturday, Kugler figured he was going to have to miss his kid’s first game.

However, Tomlin told Kugler that he could skip the walk-through on Saturday morning so he could drive to Columbus for the noon kickoff. Kugler said he rented a car and drove from Columbus to Cincinnati after the game to meet up with the team late Saturday night. He returned Sunday night on the team flight.

As for Robert Kugler, he graded out the highest of all offensive line against the Buckeyes. Recruited as a tight end and listed as a center, Kugler started at right guard for the Boilermakers.

Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly covers the Pittburgh Steelers for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 250 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer, and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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