A semi-regular series of quick interviews with Steelers players called Three & Out.
Today: Steelers safety and Woodland Hills alum Ryan Mundy.1: You were on the field in Denver for that final play last season, in overtime, in the playoffs, and you'll open the season there in a few weeks. Is that something you think about or do you put it out of your mind right now?
MUNDY: We saw the play. It was just a good play call by them. We were in the correct defense, everybody was in the correct spot, they just executed better than we did on that play. To end our season like that, that was disappointing but everybody’s making a big deal about us opening back up in Denver, but we’re excited to open the season up anyway, because this is the 2012 season. This is a fresh start for us, and another opportunity for us to pursue a Super Bowl. But it is a little bit ironic to start back in Denver, so we’ll just go out there and hopefully make the most of it.
2: Another WPIAL alum, Toney Clemons of Valley H.S. -- and younger cousin of your best friend from high school and college (The Arizona Cardinals’ Steve Breaston) – is a rookie in camp. Are you keeping an eye on him?
MUNDY: He looks good. I try and help him out here and there but he’s doing a good job. He’s a good player, working hard, good attitude, so hopefully it works out for him.
3: You were part of a group that represented the Steelers on a goodwill trip to Mexico. How was that experience? Had you been there before?
That was a lot of fun. You hear the stories about Steeler Nation not only being in America, but global. So to have the opportunity to get out there and interact with fans in another country was cool ... It was a great turnout. The fans, they just wanted pictures and autographs more than anything. We tried to give them a little bit of drills, a little bit of field work but they were just happy to be around us. We were down there two days, so we had a good time down there. We hit the town both nights, went to some local restaurants, got some good food, but we didn't do too much else. It was really a quick trip. But we had fun. ... I'm going to get me a Rosetta Stone and pick up on my Spanish.
I'd been to Puerto Vallarta [once before] -- not for spring break -- me and my wife went on a vacation down there. I like Mexico. I haven't gotten sick. So I'm two-for-two for not getting sick. I didn't get sick when I went to Puerto Vallarta and didn't get sick when I went to Mexico City. Hopefully the third time is not the charm.
[Three police were killed at the airport the day after Munday and the Steelers left.]
At the same terminal I was at too. Crazy. But we were well protected down there. We had good security guys. They didn't speak a lick of English, but they did a good job and they were nice people.& Out: You’re said to be a political junkie. What’s your take on the presidential race so far? Is it getting too negative?
MUNDY: I haven’t been up on it too much over the summer. I’ll probably pick it back up once the season starts and things start getting really hot towards November. In my downtime I’ll probably be on my couch watching CNN and MSNBC. I like Rachel Maddow, I check out Wolf [Blitzer], I like Ed [Schultz]. I’ll just watch whatever’s on, but I don’t have a particular favorite – just something to break it up from football.
I’ve seen some ads – when I was in Michigan I saw a couple, because they run different ads in different states – there were some pretty out there ads in Michigan I saw when I was up there working out, but that’s the name of the game for this presidential race, so we’ll see how it goes.