Welcome to the NFL, Rashard Mendenhall.
Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward figured a little education was necessary after Mendenhall lost a pair of fumbles in the Steelers' 12-10 preseason victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.
Mendenhall arrived at the Steelers' South Side practice facility on Monday morning to find the following message scribbled onto the grease board in the locker room: "Take Mendenhall's ball away and get $100 from him. And you get an extra $500 if you bring it to the RB's meeting room."
There was also a special football waiting for Mendenhall's almost undivided attention.
"It says 'Mendenhall's $100 ball.' You get it, you will get paid," Ward said.
Mendenhall is expected to carry the ball all day, as Mr. Ward elaborated on: "Meeting rooms, bathrooms, when he's out pumping gas..."
So far, only safety Tyrone Carter and DB Travis Williams have earned the $100.
What does the rookie think of the tactic, inspired by Ward's recent viewing of the college football movie The Program?
"It's real tough, a little unrealistic if you ask me, with 80 guys, all the time, all day," Mendenhall said.
Yeah, sounds like it's going over well. Nothing like having a team full of enormous football players chasing you wherever you go, even in the bathroom, in pursuit of cash. For his sake, I hope he doesn't cough up the ball on Thursday against Carolina, because his $6.83 million signing bonus might evaporate by the time September rolls around.