Let's just say that Stephon Tuitt is ready to play some football.
The team's second round draft pick said as much upon his arrival in Pittsburgh Monday for the first time as a member of the Steelers.
Interviewed by Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, Tuitt talked about seeing his dream of playing NFL football become a reality. Tuitt also talked about how he's ready for the season to start today.
"It’s kind of surreal. People have made comments that make me aware it’s a business, a job. But at the same time I am here to enjoy myself," Tuitt said. "I am 20 years old, I am loving life and I am part of the Steelers. I am just excited to play some football."
The majority of the Steelers rookies arrived at the team's facility Monday. Among them was third round pick Dri Archer out of Kent State. Archer, who clocked a 4.16-second 40-yard dash in 18 steps on one official handheld combine watch (matching Calvin Johnson's NFL Scouting Combine record for fewest steps), didn't waste any time checking out his new digs. Varley also caught up with Archer, who echoed Tuitt's sentiments about living out a childhood dream.
"It’s like a dream come true," he said. "I’ve been playing football since I was six. My goal has always been to play in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers have given me a chance at that when they drafted me in the third round. It’s a great feeling. It finally hit me today. I am living my dream."
Both Tuitt and Archer said all the right things during their first media interaction in Pittsburgh. It's no secret the Steelers try to draft high character guys that are fortunate for the opportunity to play in the NFL. It appears that the team did just that with the addition of these two promising draft picks.