PRO (60-30/0-0): Fernando Velasco signed with the Steelers on September 9, 2013…released by the Tennessee Titans on August 31, 2013…re-signed a one-year contract with the Titans as a restricted free agent on April 22, 2013…re-signed with the Titans as an exclusive rights free agent on March 13, 2012…signed to the Titans’ active roster from the practice squad on December 30, 2009…added to the Titans’ practice squad on November 17, 2009…released by the Titans on November 14, 2009…signed to the Titans’ active roster from the practice squad on November 8, 2009…added to the Titans’ practice squad September 6, 2009…released by the Titans on September 5, 2009…signed to the Titans’ offseason roster on January 12, 2009…signed to the Titans’ practice squad on August 31, 2008…released by the Titans on August 30, 2008…originally signed with the Titans as undrafted rookie free agent on May 2, 2008.
2013 (11-11): Fernando Velasco started 11 games at C this season…placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured List on November 30, 2013 with an achilles injury.
2012 (16-16): Fernando Velasco started all 16 games for the first time in his career…13 of his starts came at center with the other three coming at left guard…9/16 at San Diego: Started at C…part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack…9/23 vs. Detroit: Started at C…part of an offensive unit that did not allow a sack on 42 pass attempts and allowed QB Jake Locker to throw for 378 passing yards…9/30 at Houston: Started at C…paved the way for the Titans to rush for 158 yards, including 141 yards from RB Chris Johnson…10/21 at Buffalo: Started at C…helped block for Johnson to rush for 195 yards on 18 carries…11/11 at Miami: Started at C…paved the way for a 177-yard rushing performance by Johnson…12/2 vs. Houston: Started at C…played one snap at LT when Michael Roos left the game for one play…12/9 at Indianapolis: Started at LG…12/17 vs. N.Y. Jets: Started at LG…helped block for the Titans to gain 167 rushing yards.
2011 (16-0): Saw action in all 16 games, mainly on special teams…9/18 vs. Baltimore: Saw action at LG…10/2 at Cleveland: Saw action at LG when Leroy Harris left the game with an injury…12/24 vs. Jacksonville: Saw action at C.
2010 (16-3): Played in all 16 games, making three starts (one at C, two at G)…10/10 at Dallas: Made his first career start at LG…helped pave the way for Johnson to rush for 158 yards…moved over to C when Eugene Amano left the game with an injury…11/28 at Houston: Saw significant playing time at C when Amano suffered an injury...12/9 vs. Indianapolis: Saw significant playing time at C when Amano suffered an injury…12/19 vs. Houston: Started at C…helped block for the Titans to rush for 147 yards…12/26 at Kansas City: Started at C…left the game briefly during the third quarter due to injury.
2009 (1-0): Was on the Titans’ practice squad for all but two games during the regular season…11/8 at San Francisco: Made NFL debut as a member of the special teams units.
2008 (0-0): Spent the entire season on the Titans’ practice squad.
COLLEGE: Fernando Velasco played in 49 career games and made 27 starts…majored in health and physical education. 2007: Started all 13 games at center and earned second-team All-SEC honors. 2006: Started all 13 games at guard…named the team’s Most Improved Offensive Lineman at the end of spring drills. 2005: Redshirted. 2004: Appeared in 12 games and made one start. 2003: Played in 11 games, serving mainly as a backup…recipient of the team’s Iron Man Award.
PERSONAL: Fernando Velasco attended Jefferson County High School (Wrens, Ga.)…a four-year starter at offensive and defensive tackle…named Top-50 in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a Class 3A first-team all-state selection…also a 3A first-team all-state selection by the Georgia Sports Writers Association…Prep Star all-region selection and Augusta Chronicle first-team all-area and Dream 16 choice…named “Who’s Who” among high school students…also played two years of basketball…Full name: Fernando Antonio Velasco.
Steelers Players team up with the Salvation Army and shop for winter clothes with children.
Photos of the Steelers Offensive Tackles from the 2013 season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Cleveland Browns in Week 12 of the 2013 NFL Season at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
A Regular Season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears on Sunday September 22nd 2013 at Heinz Field. The Bears defeated the Steelers 40-23.
Bob Labriola, Mike Prisuta and Missi Matthews take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers centers heading into free agency.
The Pittsburgh Steelers played bingo with veterans at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Heinz Campus as part of the NFL's Salute to Service week.
Tunch Ilkin, Bob Labriola and Missi Matthews talk about the Steelers' injury situation at the center position. We also hear from offensive coordinator Todd Haley and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, as well as Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison via his conference call with the media.
Pittsburgh Steelers Center Fernando Velasco talks about joining the Steelers and his first impression of the team and organization.