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Getty Images/Bryan M. Bennett On September 12, 2021, Levi Wallace of the Buffalo Bills tackles Chase Claypool of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, cornerback Levi Wallace reveals he was “on the fence” between remaining in Buffalo or following head coach Mike Tomlin to Pittsburgh. On the March 30, 2022 episode of The Wildcast, he stated as much in an interview with Justin Spears of The Tucson Star.
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“When my agent called and said, ‘You should consider moving to Pittsburgh,’ I responded, ‘OK, I’ll call you back, let me pray about it,’” the 26-year-old Tucson native added.
“I prayed, ‘Lord, if you want me in Pittsburgh, let me know, give me a sign,’ and I said, ‘Lord, if you want me in Pittsburgh, let me know, give me a sign.’ I’m just sitting there, buddy, pondering, and I look down, and I’m wearing black and gold shorts, and I’m like, ‘You know what, there’s a sign, you know what I mean?’ ‘The Lord must want me to visit Pittsburgh,’ I reasoned.
Wallace then contacted his agent and said, “Let’s go, let’s do it,” before signing a two-year contract for $8 million, which was originally reported by Jordan Schultz, host of The Game Day NFL.
Mike Tomlin wanted Levi Wallace to play for him.
Wallace selected the Steelers for a variety of reasons, though.
Mike Tomlin, it seems, was also involved. “You hear from the locker room, simply the guys that are already there, how they just want to follow him and just how terrific of a leader he is,” he says on the Wildcast Podcast.
Wallace also mentions that the Steelers were interested in him after he was drafted out of Alabama. In fact, he claims he was offered a contract as an undrafted free agent, “but Buffalo just seemed like the perfect fit for me at the moment.”
Wallace also discussed numerous additional ties to the Steelers during the podcast conversation, including how his mother was a Steel Curtain fan in the 1970s and how he has always admired Steelers Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu.
“It was time for me to try something new in a different location and a different atmosphere and just see what options they have there and how I can contribute to that squad,” Wallace said.
Levi Wallace intends to begin his career in Pittsburgh.
According to a Steelers insider who spoke with Jordan Schultz, Wallace is expected to be a starter in Pittsburgh, just as he was in Buffalo.
Levi Wallace is a huge acquisition for Pittsburgh that will pay off right away in the tough AFC North. “For us, he’s a starter,” a squad insider stated. #Steelers #Steelers #Steelers #Steelers #
March 15, 2022 — Jordan Schultz (@Schultz Report)
According to Pro Football Reference, Wallace started all 52 of the Bills’ games in which he participated, compiling 219 tackles (171 solo), seven tackles for loss, six interceptions, 30 passes defensed, and one fumble recovery.
According to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, he will likely start opposite Ahkello Witherspoon, who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks in September 2021 and re-signed to a new two-year deal on March 25, 2022.
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