Wide receiver Mike Wallace has played for both the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, so he has a greater appreciation than most for the epic AFC North rivalry that will be renewed in prime time at Heinz Field Dec. 10.
Wallace, drafted by the Steelers in the third round in 2009, played four seasons for Pittsburgh before moving on to the Miami Dolphins. He is in his second season with the Ravens and says the Ravens-Steelers rivalry is grounded in equal parts hatred and respect.
When he was with the Steelers, Wallace said, there was definitely "hate" for the Ravens. "You just hate 'em because you know how hard it is to beat 'em and vice versa," he said. "But it's big-time respect."