There were numerous times over the course of safety Ryan Mundy’s five-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he was asked to replace Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu. Polamalu has been one of the best safeties in the NFL, but nagging injuries over the past couple of years has forced him to sit out some games. Mundy, who grew up in the city of Pittsburgh, was able to step in and play well opposite Ryan Clark.
Mundy was signed by the New York Giants this offseason to provide valuable depth at the safety position. Incumbent starting safety Stevie Brown tore his ACL against the New York Jets in Saturday’s preseason game, knocking him out for the entire year. The Giants now get to put their valuable insurance policy to work right away. Mundy will no doubt take the place of Brown.
Mundy and Brown were once teammates at the University of Michigan before Mundy transferred to West Virginia University. An ESPN New York story written by Ohm Youngmisuk detailed how close the two were in their lone season together in Ann Arbor. One would figure Mundy was happy to have a relationship with one of the players upon signing with the Giants in the offseason.
Mundy is now probably very sad for Brown, but he knows he’ll have to fill in and get the job done. Brown’s eight interceptions last season tied for the league lead, but no one was really expecting Brown to come into the 2013 season and come close to that total.
Still, those are some shoes to fill for Mundy. He never had a problem temporarily filling the shoes of a Pro Bowl safety — and one of the best. He certainly shouldn’t have any issues filling in for his friend.