View Full Version : Steelers Lounge Chats With Baron Batch

05-21-2011, 03:14 PM
Itís not often that a seventh-round pick generates a lot of interest on draft day, but the Steelers selection of Baron Batch last month proved to be a rather large exception. Almost immediately Steelers fans (us included (http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/04/steelers-grab-rb-baron-batch-7th/)) found themselves intrigued by his journey to the NFL and marveled at how easily accessible he was through his personal blog (an enjoyable read (http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/04/baron-batch-blog-check/)) and Twitter account.
He seems to be a fascinating person off the field and a quality prospect on it. On Saturday he was kind enough to spend about 20 minutes on the phone with me to talk about his charity (2ndhandimages (http://2ndhandimages.com/)), his communication with fans and what the Steelers can expect from him on and off the field. His first look at the city of Pittsburgh was also pretty interesting, though not entirely uncommon: he expected it to be a smoke-filled steel town.

Me: I canít remember who it was off the top of my head, but a couple of weeks ago one of the Steelers mentioned on Twitter that football is what he does, and itís not who he is. I think sometimes we lose sight of that and forget that football players, regardless of how good they are or how successful they are, are still regular people and that what they do on the field is just a small part of who they are. Based on what Iíve read about you, and read from you, that seems to be an accurate way to describe you: thereís a lot more to you than just football.
Baron Batch: I agree with that. Football is what we do and itís not who we are just like anybody else that has their job. I think sometimes it gets overlooked for us that it is a job, just like someone goes and works at a bank, thatís their job, and they have a life outside of that, or a teacher, or whatever somebody does. For me, football is my job, I take it seriously, and I love what I do, but itís not really who I am or what I am. For me itís almost kind of a platform to share the other parts of me, the off the field stuff, through my blog, through 2ndhandimages and all the other stuff I do........

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