Steeler safety Jordan Dangerfield will be missing Thursday’s off-season training activities in order to attend his college graduation in Towson, MD. Since entering the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted rookie free agent for the Buffalo Bills, Dangerfield fought his way onto the Steelers practice squad in 2014 and 2015.
After spending the season on the Steelers 53-man roster in 2016, Dangerfield was injured for the first part of 2017 before landing back on the practice squad. He appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers in 2018, mainly as a contributor on special teams, logging over 300 snaps.
Steelers reporter Missy Matthews interviewed Dangerfield about his upcoming graduation and what it took to finish his degree since he entered the NFL.
#Steelers @Dangerfield__ is missing OTA #3 for a very good reason. He explained why after practice today... pic.twitter.com/szsNDdkM8N— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) May 22, 2019
While many view NFL athletes as millionaires who get paid to play a kids’ game, and this isn’t a fictional statement, it often goes unnoticed when a player goes back and finished his degree in college. More and more players are ensuring they go back and complete their education for one reason or another.
Maybe it is to have something to fall back on if they get injured, or maybe it is a promise to a relative. Either way, congratulations to Jordan Dangerfield as he walks across the stage in Towson as a college graduate.