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Pumped to announce the picks

There will be some familiar faces welcoming the newest members of the black and gold when several Steelers alumni take the stage tonight at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville to announce the team's draft picks.

Santonio Holmes and Brett Keisel will announce the Steelers third-round picks tonight.

The announcements are part of the NFL Legends program, which connects some of the game's greatest players with the newest generation.

Holmes will join other former first round picks to announce the selection of all 32 team's second-round selections this year. Holmes was selected by the Steelers in the first-round of the 2006 NFL Draft, the 25th pick overall, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII.

Keisel was drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft and spent 12 seasons with the Steelers and was a member of the Super Bowl XL and XLIII teams.

"It's amazing to get selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers to come back and represent them as a team, what the draft means to them," said Keisel. "Kevin Colbert and Mr. Rooney way back built this team on the draft, back to Joe Greene. It's cool to go there, take part in that, and get to announce and welcome someone into our family.

"I always think back to my draft day. It was crazy. As a late rounder I was drafted as the Steelers 242nd pick. I thought I was better than that. But watching guys get picked it was tough. But I couldn't have gone to a better place, better organization. Obviously I still live here. Black and gold runs through me strong."

Keisel said he will have a message for whoever the player he announces is about what playing for the Steelers is all about.

"I want him to know that this is a unique place," said Keisel. "When you get selected here you are going to a place that has tradition unlike any other franchise. There is a standard here that we want to win, we expect to win. We expect tough men to go out there and play. Hopefully this kid that gets picked that I get to announce embodies that."

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