ASK THE STEELERS – BRUCE DAVIS – PART 1
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From Lou Ellis in Newark, New Jersey: What was it like waiting to be drafted. Was it hard on Saturday not getting that call, especially with only two rounds now that day?
Bruce Davis: It was terrible for me. I was expected to go in the third round so it made it a long weekend. I wanted to sit there and watch the whole thing. It's a once in a lifetime thing. I sat there and watched the first day and it was so long. I finally got the call the second day. It was terrible waiting all of that time.
From Dan Abrahams in Elyria, Ohio: What was your reaction when you got the call from the Steelers telling you they drafted you?
Bruce Davis: I still don't know how to explain it. I just went nuts. It's the perfect situation. The perfect opportunity. Everything seems to fit the right way. I was excited, but that is a harsh understatement.
From Joe Winslow in Bellefontaine, Ohio: What was your father's reaction to the news that the Steelers drafted you since he played for a team that had such a rivalry with them?
Bruce Davis: He was just as excited as I was. We were sitting there together and we both just went nuts. He was excited. But he did throw in the old Raiders-Steelers comments.
From Reesa Joseph in Marietta, Ohio: Do you feel anymore pressure than a normal rookie to perform better since your father was in the NFL?
Bruce Davis: No. I have my own expectations of myself. I look at it as a blessing having him played before me. He taught me so many things. He is helpful to have. Everything I have to deal with he has already dealt with. He is my best resource. I have to live up to my own expectations.
To learn the playbook and as much as you can from the veterans.
He said keep your mouth closed, listen, keep your eyes open and learn as much
as you can. He told me to be on top of my game and study and watch film.
I have been around the game my whole life. It was just normal for me. I didn't know any other way. It became normal.
From Bruce Peterson in Pleasantville, Pennsylvania: What was the UCLA/USC rivalry like and how do you think it will compare to the Steelers rivalries with teams like Cleveland?
Bruce Davis: I think UCLA-USC is one of the best rivalries in college football. That is just me and I am sure there are some people who would argue that. It's definitely a serious rivalry. My parents went to UCLA so I grew up with that rivalry.