Justin Hartwig has been a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2008, serving as the first line of defense against the likes of Ray Lewis and any other opposing player looking to make mincemeat out of Ben Roethlisberger.
During the 2009 season I asked Hartwig about the closeness of the team…did they get together on special occasions like birthdays.
“Yeah, if it works with our schedule,” Hartwig answered. “Last year on my birthday (2008) we played the Bengals on a Thursday and afterwards we all went to Chicago for the weekend for my birthday.”
Hartwig added, “Usually the offensive linemen and Ben (Roethlisberger), we usually hang out quite a bit. We have to bond.”
In interviews just like this these days, Hartwig finds himself once again protecting the man he usually protects on Sundays against the NFL’s best defenders.