Sometimes in life you can look back and view certain situations and circumstances, which at the time were horrible, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
This absolutely could be the case for Pittsburgh Steelers return man/slot receiver Ryan Switzer.
Let’s just go over Switzer’s time in the NFL since being drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft:
- Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round out of UNC
- After his rookie year, was traded to the Oakland Raiders
- Prior to the start of the 2018 regular season, was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Switzer has become a key piece to the Steelers’ puzzle as they prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, hoping to extend their winning streak to 6 games, but you have to wonder if Switzer doesn’t stop and think, “what if?” from time to time.
What if the Cowboys didn’t trade him away?
He would be a part of a 4-5 Dallas team struggling to stay afloat in the very mediocre NFC East.
What if the Raiders hadn’t traded him to Pittsburgh?
He would be a member of a 1-8 Oakland team who seems to be tanking their season in hopes of having a higher draft pick(s) in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Instead, he is looking at a promising season with the black-and-gold, and he couldn’t be happier. See what he said about the transactions in response to a fan on his verified Twitter page:
How lucky was I that they came & got me from where I was https://t.co/N9UXZu2ydQ— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) November 14, 2018
...and this tweet in response to former Steelers safety Ryan Clark:
Bro I thank GOD he put me in Pittsburgh, PA. #HeWeGo https://t.co/xowRDjXbCt— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) November 9, 2018
Switzer is a local product, hailing from Charleston, WV, and him playing for the Steelers and at Heinz Field, the same field he participated in the Pass, Punt and Kick competition as a youth, is special.
Some say things happen for a reason, and while Switzer’s tenure in the National Football League has been passing through cities regularly, the hope is he found a home in Pittsburgh — a place to thrive.