Remember when Mike Wallace was considered the fastest player in the NFL and regularly caught bombs from Ben Roethlisberger during his Steelers career from 2009-2012?
Turns out, Wallace’s success was a function of Bruce Arians’ downfield passing attack because when he bolted for the Dolphins in 2013, he was both uninterested and ineffective. It got so bad that the Dolphins shipped him to the Vikings in 2015, where he lasted just one season.
Wallace was born to his parents Burnell and Sonjia Wallace in New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up in the Cut-Off section of the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. He attended O. Perry Walker High School, where he played football on both offense and defense and his teammates included future New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis. After seeing limited playing time as a junior (four receptions while playing mostly on defense), Wallace had an outstanding senior season, catching 60 passes for 1,039 yards with 19 touchdowns. He received first team All-State honors as a wide receiver, earned league and district MVP honors as well as All-league, All-Metro, All-West Bank and All-West Bank MVP following his senior season. He also returned four punts and four kickoffs for touchdowns, giving him 27 for the season and 162 points, with seven more scores called back due to penalties. Wallace set the school records for total points and kick return touchdowns.
The Ravens didn’t wait long Saturday night to test out the Joe Flacco-Mike Wallaceconnection that has looked so good in practice all summer. Flacco heaved a deep pass for Wallace on the first play from scrimmage, indicating what the Ravens have in mind for the veteran free-agent acquisition.
That first pass fell incomplete, a couple steps out of Wallace’s reach, but the receiver was open and Flacco admitted that he was “pissed” at missing a potential touchdown.