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Ask The Steelers: Chris Rainey

Posted Jun 20, 2012

Part 1

Steelers.com brings you the Ask the Steelers feature. Fans submitted the questions that were asked. Please understand that we receive an incredible number of questions for each player, with many of the questions being similar, and not all of the questions can be answered. We selected as many as possible, and took your questions to the current subject to get your answers.

Rookie running back Chris Rainey

Dan Myers, Rochester, New York: What was it like waiting to be drafted, where were you, how was the wait?
Rainey
: It was a fun feeling because you had been watching all your life, waiting for the moment to be in that situation. I was at home with the Pouncey twins, with family members, just hanging out, eating and waiting.

Pat Martin: What was your first reaction when you were drafted by the Steelers?
Rainey:
The phone rang and I didn’t know who it was. It was a Pennsylvania number, but I didn’t know if it was the Steelers or the Eagles. I saw the next pick, but then I went outside and I didn’t even see the pick when they took me. I was on the phone, answered and it was Coach (Mike) Tomlin. I was blessed and happy. Both of the twins called me, I had a phone in both ears at the same time. It was a blessing. I just have to take advantage of it now and be a part of this team.

Rob Saunders, Gainesville, Florida: Who did you first talk to when you were drafted, what was that conversation like?
Rainey
: I talked to Coach Tomlin first. I just remember the coaches telling me things, what to expect, joking around. That is about it.

Matt Zimmerman, Landover, Maryland: How great is it to come to a team where you have a close friend in Maurkice Pouncey and other former Gators?
Rainey
: It’s real nice to have people you already know on the team. It makes you more comfortable. Plus it’s a great program. Everybody is nice here. They are humble. It’s a good program all around.

Roy Brown, Greensburg, Pennsylvania: You got a look at Todd Haley’s offense already. What do you think of it, is it tough?
Rainey
: It’s going to be great. I know this style of offense. I have asked some of the other players if they like it and they do. They think it’s better than the one they used to have here.

Butch Grey, Fort Worth, Texas: Now that you have seen what the Steelers offense is like, what areas do you think you need to work on the most?
Rainey
: I want to be a great player at everything I do, work hard at everything. I need to work on every aspect of my game.

Steve Kneier, New Orleans, Louisiana: What did the team tell you about your role this season and in the future?
Rainey
: They didn’t say anything yet, just be ready, do your job and stay focused.

Tim Anderson: How important are special teams?
Rainey: Special teams are number one in my book. I have been doing it all my life. It’s always been important, always been number one.

Eric Reynolds, Florida: What makes you a great returner?

Rainey
: I would say vision, making guys miss, things like that.

Timothy Steele, Bradenton, Florida: What is your main goal now?

Rainey
: Be a part of this team and contribute in the games and help the team win.

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