Nix: 'That is still surreal'

If you look back at the 2017 season, there are so many moments that stood out from a year where the Steelers went 13-3 and won another AFC North title.

For Roosevelt Nix, it would seem easy to pinpoint those moments as he scored his first NFL rushing and receiving touchdown during the season.

But that isn't the way Nix thinks. Not even close.

What stands out for Nix, is the overall picture, and what surrounds him rather than what he does.

"Just the fact that we were loaded with talent," said Nix. "I have never been on a team with as much talent as we had this year. It was crazy exciting. It's crazy. It's wild. Pro Bowlers. Hall of Famers. Being a somewhat young guy and looking at that is crazy.

"We took those three losses, but two of those teams played for the AFC Championship. That shows what type of caliber we had this year. It's a beautiful thing, a blessing."

The touchdowns, while not the first thing he talks about, were still pretty special in his eyes. The first one came on a one-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger against Baltimore in Week 14. The second was a one-yard run against the Houston Texans in Week 16.

"Oh man. That is still surreal," said Nix. "Just to be able to score an NFL touchdown is a beautiful thing. You dream about that as a kid, I am going to do this, I am going to do that when I score. Then the whole time you don't do anything because you are so excited that you scored. When Ben called the plays, I was like we need to get it done, we need to get it done. That is all I could think about, we need to get it done and I need to score.

"I have those footballs in my living room and I look at them every day."

His teammates were thrilled when Nix scored, not so much because it was points on the board, but because they love Nix. They love the job he does, one that they describe as 'gory,' where he doesn't get the glory, but instead is asked to do the dirty work.

"I just love having a job, so I will do what is necessary to keep that job and continue to be successful at that job," said Nix, who recently signed a new four-year contract. "I mean, somebody has to do it. That was my way on the team so I will do it. I am blessed."

Nix doesn't know what is going to happen with the team in 2018, whether the plethora of talent will lead to another successful season or not. But he is going to do everything in his power to make sure it does.

"I have to get back in the lab and get ready to do this again," said Nix. "We don't get paid to think we can do it. We get paid to play football. This team is great, we can continue to be great, but we have to get back in the lab and fix some things and get it done."

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