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Getting To Know: Scott Orndoff

Posted Jul 11, 2017

Learn more about the Steelers' rookie tight end.

Scott Orndoff
Tight End
Pittsburgh
Rookie

Who is your football mentor or inspiration?
 My dad (R. Scott Orndoff). He played football when he was younger, in college and all the way through semi-pro. He introduced me to the game. He was coaching my entire life, until I got to high school he was a coach and I was always around it through him. He has been my mentor when it comes to football.

What motivates you?
I’ve gone this far in football and I want to take it as far as I can. I want to accomplish as much as I can. My family too. They have always been behind me and supportive of me, and I don’t want to let them down. I want to make them proud, and make all of my supporters proud.

What is your approach to football?
I try and stay focused. A lot of people say I am more serious on the field than I am off of it. I try to be the same every day, learn from my mistakes all of the time, and not make them again. I learn from the people ahead of me and try to be the best every day.   

Why do you play football?
I love it. I always have. I would always ask my dad questions. That is what I have been best at my entire life. I have had a lot of opportunities with it, getting a college education and now having the chance to play professionally. If you don’t love playing football right now, you shouldn’t be playing it.

When did you start to dream about playing in the NFL?
Since I was a kid. I played all of the video games, and created myself on it like all kids do. Even before I started playing football, I wanted to play in the NFL. It’s crazy that it’s getting closer to reality. It hasn’t really hit me yet. Even as a kid, NFL players, all of the Steelers players, were like heroes to me.
 
What is your proudest football moment or memory?
My first two years at Pitt we were average, we were a .500 team. The last two years we were able to turn it around. We had a new coaching staff. All of the seniors sticking together, putting together a couple of good seasons, and some big wins for the program like beating Clemson last year. Seeing how hard we worked to get there, and how great it felt, that was my proudest moment so far.

When you hear Steelers, what do you think?
Tradition. They have run things the same for years. Other teams look up to them for how they run things. They have always known what they are doing. They handle things the right way. Like Coach (Mike) Tomlin says, ‘The standard is the standard’ and they have set the standard for other teams in the league.