Meet Fernando Velasco, the Steelers newest roster addition

Harry How

Velasco, the multi-faceted interior lineman, instantly becomes the most important player on the Steelers roster.

Fernando Velasco is probably happy to have a job.

Being given the responsibility of replacing Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey after a game in which Pittsburgh was thoroughly dominated up front may not be his ideal scenario, though.

His career path is oddly similar to Steelers left guard Ramon Foster - both were undrafted out of the SEC, Foster out of Tennessee in 2009 and Velasco out of Georgia in 2008. Velasco, though, spent two years on the Titans' practice squad, before eventually starting in all 16 of the team's games in 2012 - three starts at left guard after making 12 at center.

Injuries crushed the Titans' line last year, but Velasco wasn't entirely the reason for that. He likely is out of position as a guard, which will matter very little to the center-less Steelers. Filling in for Pouncey isn't going to be an easy thing to do, but at this point, Velasco has the opportunity to step in and become this team's MVP.

According to his bio from the Titans' web site: "In 2010, Velasco started a foundation called Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S. which is an acronym for Christ Humility Opportunity Integrity Character Education and Success. The foundation sponsors a free camp for kids age 8-14 in his hometown every summer. More than 200 kids attend the camp each year."

Seems like another character kind of guy, and the workmanlike manner in which he came to be the team's starting center is equally encouraging. The main issue here is simply how out of tune the Steelers offensive line looked. While we've reset the meter counting the amount of games in which the same Steelers offensive line starts from one game to the next, the addition of Velasco - and his ability to get up to speed with the Edsel-like offensive line in Pittsburgh - may be the reason the Steelers' 2013 season falls apart or is saved from impending doom.

More from Behind the Steel Curtain:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker