The following is the latest installment of Getting To Know, a chance to learn a little more about Steelers' players who were added to the roster over the last few years.
Years Pro: 2
How Acquired: No. 4a, 2013
Football Mentor/Inspiration: My family. I have uncles and step-dads that played football so I just fell in love with the game that way.
Proudest Football Moment/Memory: Getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Getting drafted is a dream come true. You dream about it since the age of five and it finally comes true. That was my biggest moment.
Favorite Teammate: Troy (Polamalu) and Ryan Clark. Those are my mentors but they're also like a father figure to me.
Initial NFL Attraction: Just the excitement. You have crazy fans, and then you have players like Troy and Brian Dawkins and Sean Taylor making big hits. I like making big hits and that just attracted me to the game.
Football Philosophy: Go hard, full go and fast. And give out big hits.
Impression of Pittsburgh: Amazing environment, I just love it.
Perception of Steelers: Family and winning. It shows in the way the whole team puts in work and how they're dedicated to the game.
Goals/Aspirations for 2014: I have a lot of goals but I'm just staying focused and training hard.
Career Goals:Hopefully I can stay in this league as long as possible and be one of the greatest players to play this game.