Steelers announce Tomlin contract extension
The Steelers made it official Friday that coach Mike Tomlin has signed a two-year contract extension which includes an option year. If the Steelers pick up the option, Tomlin will be signed through the 2013 season.
The announcement came a week before the opening of training camp at Saint Vincent College, and dispels any speculation that Tomlin would not coach the Steelers beyond this season following a 9-7 record in 2009.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement that Tomlin has climbed the ranks among the top coaches in the NFL "in a relatively short time."
Hired in 2007, Tomlin has a 31-17 (.646) regular-season record, including two division titles in his three seasons. He is the only Steelers coach to win division titles in each of his first two seasons.
"His unique ability to lead the team and motivate individuals have been key factors in our success over recent years," Rooney said.
Tomlin, 38, is entering his fourth season. He was selected over former Steelers assistant Russ Grimm, who was also a finalist. Another former Steelers assistant, Ken Whisenhunt, was a candidate as well but accepted a similar position with Arizona. Tomlin defeated Whisenhunt's Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, becoming at 36 the youngest coach in league history to coach and win a Super Bowl.
"I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers," Tomlin said in a release. "I am excited to have the opportunity to live and work in this great city, and to focus on the true matter at hand, which is winning football games and bringing another Super Bowl title to Pittsburgh."
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