Mike Tomlin and Sean McDermott share plenty in common.

Both are , guiding teams that largely had middling preseason expectations to the verge of playoff entry. Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers and McDermott’s Buffalo Bills enter Week 15 .

Both are straight-shooting leaders whose rosters tend to mimic their personalities.

Both are coaching lifers, jumping into their chosen profession right out of college.

And speaking of college, Tomlin and McDermott were teammates at William & Mary in 1993 and ’94. Longtime Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock can’t wait to see his protégés square off for the first time Sunday night at Heinz Field.

“I’m extremely excited,” Laycock, who retired following the 2018 season (his 39th at W&M), told USA TODAY Sports. “This is the first pro game I’ve been to in

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