Cuero grad signs 3-year deal
March 12, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated March 11, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.
Cody Wallace has spent most of the offseason in California, but he'll experience a much different climate in the fall.
Wallace has signed a three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not released.
"There's just something about playing in the snow and the cold weather," Wallace said. "It feels like pro football, and it's just a lot of fun to be a part of."
Wallace, 29, signed with the Steelers just before the start of the 2013 season after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cuero graduate played in nine games and started the final four games of the season at center after Maurkice Pouncey suffered an injury.
"I finally got a chance to play, and I feel like I got a chance to do the most with it," Wallace said. "I'm happy to be going back there with them."
Wallace is beginning his seventh season in the NFL. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the San Francisco 49ers after earning All-Big 12 honors at center at Texas A&M.
Wallace also spent time on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions, New York Jets and Houston Texans during the 2010-2011 seasons.
He saw action in one game for the 49ers in 2009 and played in eight games with the Buccaneers in 2012.
But last season was the most rewarding for Wallace.
"The fans there are great, I absolutely love the team," he said. "That part of it was a lot of fun.
"Coach (Mike) Tomlin, I really enjoy him and his approach to football. He actually cares about the guys and you can feel that and you can tell talking to him. It's all the way up to the owners. They're around a lot and they just seem like a great family. They care about the football team."
Wallace and his wife, Chely, are awaiting the birth of their second child in June.
But Wallace is already looking forward to next season.
"Pouncey is coming back from his injury and doing really well," Wallace said. "I guess I'll plan on being a backup center/guard. If there's ever any injuries, I can step in and fill a role like I did last year.
"You never know, I might go and have a good camp and we'll see what happens."