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Mike Wallace on Steelers fans: 'I think they're out to get me a little bit'

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has been a target for fan criticism this season. How has he dealt with all the criticism?

Joe Sargent

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has dealt with criticism from Steelers fans for the entire season. Starting from his contract dispute and culminating with a dropped pass in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers that could have lead to a touchdown.

Wallace told Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette that while he understands why the fans are on him, he does feel like some of the criticism is just petty:

"I think they're out to get me a little bit...Anything I do is going to be magnified -- good, bad, it doesn't matter," Wallace said of the attention he is getting. "I just have to do what I need to do, handle my business and don't give anybody a reason to say anything.

This season, Wallace has caught 59 passes for 728 yards and eight touchdowns. While his yardage may be down, he is being targeted more than at any time of his career. Despite all of the criticism, Wallace believes that he'll be fine the rest of the season:

"No, I'm good. I'm 100 percent good. It's not like they did anything wrong. It was something I did. I don't have a problem with it."

The Steelers play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff and the game will be broadcast on CBS. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by WDVE FM 102.5 and WBGG AM 970.

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