Mitch Trubisky embraced a far different role from his usual ones earlier this week. Instead of being the Steelers' backup quarterback and team captain, Trubisky played the role of Scarecrow during his family's "Wizard of Oz" themed Halloween. His wife dressed as Dorothy, while the couple's infant son -- who was born shortly after the Trubiskys moved to Pittsburgh -- was a little lion.
Unlike the Cowardly Lion, Trubisky has not had a shortage of courage during his first season in Pittsburgh. He has continued to emerge as a team leader despite his reduced role on the team after Kenny Pickett replaced him five weeks ago. Trubisky lost his starting quarterback job, but he continues to take his role seriously as a team captain, something he earned from his teammates this summer.
"Being voted a captain is just a huge honor," Trubisky said during a one-on-one interview with CBS Sports during the Steelers' final practice of their bye week. "No matter what happens, whether I'm playing or not, I just continue wearing that badge of honor. Just coming in here and continuing to be a great teammate and leader. That was a huge thing that they did, electing me a captain, so I just want to live up to that every day that I can."
While being a captain is not unfamiliar territory, Trubisky admitted being a captain while not starting is new for him.
"I've been a captain in high school and in college, but I've never not played and been a captain," he said. "I think that's something that's new for me. Just trying to help out the young guys. Sometimes it's more of a coaching role, helping young guys get locked in or assignment-based, and just trying to be a leader anywhere that I can.
"It's a little bit different when you're not playing, but there are still ways to contribute and that's what I'm looking to do."
Trubisky's continued focus on being a team leader has been felt by teammates, who said that his demeanor hasn't changed despite losing his starting job.
"Not even a little," starting offensive lineman Kevin Dotson said. "His leadership is still there. I definitely commend him on that because a lot of people, if you're not starting, it can start getting a little sad, a little gloomy.