How did you convince the Steelers to draft you?
For me, it was more about trying to get back in their good graces. I knew that I screwed up. I’ve been a lifelong Steelers fan. I struck out to meet with them and just to let them know what happened and show my remorse and let them know that I love that organization and that I’ll do anything to be a part of it.
Is this a dream come true for you?
Oh yeah. I guess you could say that. The first jersey I wore said “Steelers” across the front at Farrell Elementary School when I was six years old, so saying that it’s a dream come true is an understatement.
Were the Steelers the only team you met with?
They were the only team that I contacted to meet with, yes.
What do you feel you need to do to earn and keep this team’s trust?
Do the things I’m supposed to do. Make the right decisions. Produce on the field. As long as I do the right things I think everything will be ok.
What were some of the criteria that the Steelers laid out for you?
That’s something that’s between me and them. I think that’s probably how we’re going to keep it.................
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Welcome to the Steelers, young man. Just do two things for us....keep your head on straight and keep Ben's head on straight and we will love you with the same passion you have for this team. Now get to work.