Skip to main content

Rookies each bring their own story

She said yes:If anyone had a truly memorable draft day, it was Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates. Coates was selected by the Steelers in the third round, and not long after proposed to his girlfriend, Kailey Rogers.

And, if you are wondering, she said yes, something he shared on Instagram the next day.

"It's been a year and three months. I guess it was time," said Coates, who proposed about 20 minutes after his selection. "I knew I was going to do it after I got drafted. I can't say one was more exciting. They were the same. It was good memories. We knew it was going to happen. She wasn't surprised, she was happy. I think she was happier for the ring."

Advice from dad: Quarterback D.J. Williams is among those taking part in the Steelers rookie camp this weekend, an undrafted rookie who is being given a tryout during the three day camp.

Williams, who played at Grambling, comes from good blood lines as his father Doug Williams was a former No. 1 draft pick and led the Washington Redskins to a win in Super Bowl XXII.

"It's a blessing to be here," said Williams. "It's a great organization so it's a blessing to be here. I want to showcase my talents to show them I belong."

Williams has received some good advice from his dad, and being around the game of football his entire life has learned a lot of lessons about what life in the NFL is about. 

"He told me just to go out there and relax," said Williams. "There will be some nerves with the difference in the game, but to go out there and relax and do my best. I know about the speed of the game and understanding this is a business. Everybody is out there fighting for a position every day. You've got to go out there and compete every day like it's your last day. All of us rookies are out here fighting for a spot."


Steelers' rookies take the field for Rookie Minicamp.

There's no place like home:** Miles Dieffenbach is looking forward to his first trip to Heinz Field wearing a Steelers helmet, but it certainly won't be the first time he has been there. Dieffenbach, the Penn State guard who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent, is from Fox Chapel and grew up going to Steelers games and waving a Terrible Towel. That made signing with his hometown team the perfect scenario.

"It means a lot. It's really special," said Dieffenbach. "It's a great place, a great organization. I have been a fan of the Steelers my whole life so it's special.

"You want to come in here and help. You have been cheering the team on your whole life so it's exciting to come in and try and make the team and help them."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.