Apr 27, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft pick David DeCastro speaks during a press conference at UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Pugliese-US PRESSWIRE
Now that he's become the highest-drafted Steelers guard in a long time, he's got no time to waste. That's probably why, when contacted by the man he'll protect, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, DeCastro didn't ask him about the offense or extend platitudes about the two-time Super Bowl champion's career.
DeCastro asked him if Roethlisberger had received his flight plans for his impending arrival.
It's safe to assume most NFL quarterbacks aren't mistaken for NFL team travel coordinators, but that's what Buck Frank of the Altoona Mirror said, quoting Roethlisberger from 25th anniversary of the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
"He just kept saying 'did you get those travel plans, did you get those travel plans," Roethlisberger said. "I can't wait once we get started on him about that."
It's definitely a man bites dog story. The rookies typically have some kind of initiation to the team, like, carrying bags or buying food.
Falcons veteran offensive tackle Tyson Clabo tweeted after his team drafted Wisconsin offensive lineman Peter Konz in the second round, "Peter Konz...... Welcome and on Fridays I like Chick-fil-a chicken biscuits." It's safe to say DeCastro will make a run or two to Sheetz for some pretzel bread chicken sandwiches anyway, but this story will likely get him to pull a carried bag or two.
It's likely something DeCastro will hear about off and on for the rest of his career, which looks to be an outstanding one.