LATROBE, Pa. – It took merely a mention of his name for defensive backs coach Tom Bradley to start rattling off the attributes he likes about Nat Berhe.
"He is a quick study and can play a lot of positions for us," said Bradley. "He is a pro's pro. He works at it every day. He takes great pride in his mental as well as physical work on the field."
Berhe, who signed a one-year deal with the Steelers this offseason after spending the previous four seasons with the New York Giants, smiled when he heard some of Bradley's words. For a guy who takes pride in his work ethic, others noticing it is one the best compliments.
"I come from a family that is built on work and I know how to work when it's time to work," said Berhe. "I take pride in it. I went to San Diego State University. Coming out of high school I was doubted a lot. I just have always had a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to prove I could play with the big boys."
Proving that hasn't been a problem. He earned the nickname 'The Missile' his rookie season, bestowed upon him by Giants safeties coach David Merritt. And with his style of play, it never changed. Berhe wears No. 31, a number once worn by Donnie Shell, nicknamed 'The Torpedo,' and they have a similar style of play.
"I looked him up, I saw No. 31 and I was like, yeah, all right," said Berhe. "You just don't want to disappoint. You want to keep playing your game. You want to represent that number well."
The safety position is one that has garnered a lot of attention this camp with so many new faces, and Berhe wants to make sure his impact is felt at a spot where the competition is intense.
"It's a position a lot of people count on you to make that tackle," said Berhe. "You want to be that guy. Why not be that guy.
"Every day everybody comes to work. You see it in one on ones. Everybody is out there battling, fighting. I enjoy it. It brings the best out in everybody."
He loves the intensity the defense has this camp, something that is the norm but has picked up even more this year with tackling being a focus for them.
"We see every day everybody is hitting," said Berhe. "We are all wrapping up. We are form tackling. We are trying to get better at it. Last year we missed a lot of tackles and we were really good. Imagine if we made all of those tackles."
Berhe believe the defense has the potential to be the No. 1 defense in the NFL, and that is something that excites him.
"Whatever is asked of me here, I am willing to do," said Berhe. "I am down with.
"I feel comfortable here. I feel like I can be myself here. I am enjoying the moment. Just the whole team camaraderie. Just the whole feeling around the building. I was on a really bad team last year. Coming from that it's been really great here."
Camp Life: The Steelers are in the home stretch of training camp. The following is what is still remaining for camp practices that are open to the public. The team will also host the Family Fest on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Heinz Field. Family Fest Details**.
Steelers Training Camp Schedule:**
Sat., August 11 - 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
Sun., August 12 - 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
Mon., August 13 - 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
Tues., August 14 - 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
Take a look at the best photos from the Week 1 preseason matchup against the Eagles. The Steelers defeated the Eagles 31-14.