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OSU football: Mike Gundy shares thoughts on Mason Rudolph situation

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy shared the shocked feelings of many who saw former OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph get hit on the head with his own helmet, which had been pulled off and swung by Cleveland’s Myles Garrett.

The situation involving Rudolph, the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been a viral topic since it happened late in Thursday night's NFL game.

“I guess I just agree with everybody,” Gundy said in his weekly Monday press conference. “I don’t know if I’ve ever even seen anything like that ever in football. Very disappointing. I tried to think back when I’ve even seen a guy get his helmet yanked off. I remember two or three, but they throw it down the field or something, you know, like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know this would happen.’

“There’s been enough said about it. I’m sure that the NFL will handle it the right way, but I have not seen anything like that ever in sports. It’s an unfortunate situation.”

Gundy said he has communicated with Rudolph, though the coach didn’t share the details of that conversation. Rudolph was the Cowboys’ starter from the final three games of the 2014 season through 2017, setting nearly every meaningful quarterback record at OSU.

Over the last several weeks, Rudolph was named the Steelers’ starter in place of injured Ben Roethlisberger, knocked unconscious in a game against Baltimore, and threw four interceptions against Cleveland prior to the helmet-swinging incident.

“He’s had a lot of things happen to him in a short time in two months, so he’s getting accustomed to the NFL real quick,” Gundy said. “He’s taken a lot of hits. The only guy that’s ever been hit with a helmet, I think, on top of the head in the NFL.

“And he’s handled it right. He’s competitive. He’s trying to hold his own up there.”

Gundy offered some advice for Rudolph should he find himself in a similar situation ever again.

“If (your helmet) comes off, you go the other way,” Gundy said. “But, you know, the heat of the moment for that situation, and I’m sure for Myles, too. But that’s just a hard one to swallow.”

Related Photos
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday in Cleveland. [Joshua Gunter/Associated Press]

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with a helmet during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday in Cleveland. [Joshua Gunter/Associated Press]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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