The Steelers selected tight end Pat Freiermuth in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
"I am excited to be a Pittsburgh Steeler," said Freiermuth. "I am excited where I am. I am excited the Steelers gave me the opportunity. I can promise you and the rest of Steelers Nation I am going to make the most of it. You are going to get a guy who comes in every single day and works his tail off. I am excited for the opportunity."
Freiermuth, who said Coach Mike Tomlin, offensive coordinator Matt Canada and tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts were at his pro day at Penn State, saw the call come in from a '412' area code, but wasn't really sure it was real.
"When I saw that Pittsburgh area code, I thought it was one of my friends from Penn State pranking me," said Freiermuth. "I answered the phone, and it was Coach Tomlin. It was one of the best things I ever had happen. Playing for an organization that is as storied as the Steelers. Especially having Franco Harris announce my pick. He is a legend from Penn State and the Steelers. That was just a huge honor."
Freiermuth played in 30 career games, starting 26. He was named the Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second team All-Big Ten by the media.
"I am excited. He is exciting to me," said Roberts. "I am excited to work with him. I had an opportunity to work with him at his pro day. The energy he exudes, he is a serious but fun guy. He has position flexibility. He is going to be kind of a throwback tight end because he can play the position, he can do multiple things. His positional flexibility is going to give us the chance to do a lot of different things and sets with the guys who are already here.
"He can work from the backfield. We can flex him out. I like what he adds right now and what he is going to grow into in the future."
He holds the record for career touchdowns for a Penn State tight end with 16, and finished his career tied for eighth all-time at Penn State. For his career he has 1,185 receiving yards, ranked 26th overall in school history and third among tight ends at the school. He has 92 career receptions, which is tied for 20th all-time at Penn State.
2nd Round – 55th Overall
Owns the record for PSU career TD receptions by a tight end with 16, passing Mike Gesicki (15; 2014‐17) ... finished career tied for eighth all‐time at Penn State with 16 career TD receptions with O.J. McDuffie (1988‐92) ... tallied 1,185 career receiving yards to rank 26th overall and third among tight ends in program history ... recorded 92 career receptions, tied for 20th all-time at PSU ... finished career catching a pass in 29 straight games, dating back to the Pitt game (9/8/18), a school‐record among tight ends ... became the 34th Nittany Lion and seventh Penn State tight end to accumulate 1,000 career receiving yards ... 19 career receptions of 20 or more yards ... tied for 14th in a season at PSU and third among tight ends in TD receptions with seven ... ranked second among PSU tight ends and tied for 10th overall in season receiving touchdowns with eight in 2018 ... set the mark for most receiving touchdowns by a freshman tight end.
Named the Kwalick‐Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year, the first-ever PSU tight end to win the award ... earned first-team All‐Big Ten by the coaches and second-team All‐Big Ten by the media ... named first-team AP Preseason All‐America ... tabbed Athlon Sports Preseason first-team All‐America ... selected Walter Camp second-team Preseason All‐America ... garnered USA Today second-team Preseason All‐America honors ... named to the John Mackey Award watch list ... selected to the Biletnikoff Award watch list ... made four starts before missing the rest of the 2020 season due to injury ... selected as a team captain ... was third on the team in receptions (23) and yards (310) ... averaged 77.5 yards per game ... two‐time Coaching Staff Player of the Week (Indiana and Nebraska) ... finished the season leading all Big Ten tight ends in receiving yards (310).
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Named AFCA second-team All‐America ... selected second-team All‐America by The Athletic ... tabbed fourth-team Phil Steele All‐America ... voted second-team All‐Big Ten by the coaches and media ... named Pro Football Focus first-team All‐Big Ten ... tabbed second-team All‐Big Ten by the Associated Press ... selected Phil Steele first-team All‐Big Ten ... named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player at the team's awards banquet ... earned the Captain's Award ... earned All‐ECAC ... selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week first team following the Minnesota game (11/9) ... named John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week following the Michigan State game (10/26) ... named Pro Football Focus second-team National Team of the Week and Big Ten first-team Team of the Week following the Michigan State game (10/26) ... earned Pro Football Focus second-team Big Ten Team of the Week honors following the Michigan game (10/19) ... selected John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week following the Buffalo game (9/7) ... tabbed to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his performance against Buffalo (9/7) ... named to the preseason Mackey Award watch list ... made 13 starts ... selected as a team captain ... made 43 grabs for 507 yards (both good for second on the team) ... seventh in the Big Ten with seven TD receptions ... fourth among FBS tight ends with seven TD receptions.
Named to the Sports Illustrated All‐Bowl team ... selected Freshman All‐America by The Athletic, 247Sports and ESPN ... named honorable‐mention All‐Big Ten by the coaches and media ... appeared in 13 games, making nine starts ... one of 16 true freshmen to make their collegiate debut ... one of 40 players to make their first Penn State appearance ... one of 20 Nittany Lions to make their first career start ... has a catch in 12 straight games, dating back to the Pitt (9/8) game ... had 14 catches of 15 or more yards ... registered a first down on 62 percent (16‐26) of receptions ... ended the season with the most TD receptions (8) by a PSU freshman since Deon Butler (9) in 2005 ... ranked second among all FBS tight ends and led Big Ten tight ends with eight TD receptions ... fifth in the Big Ten and 50th in the nation in overall receiving TDs.
Five‐year letterman for head coach Patrick Foley at the Brooks School ... team captain as a senior ... helped the Bishops to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class C Championship as a senior with a 7‐2 record ... guided Brooks School to a 7‐2 record and Independent School League (ISL) Championship as a junior ... led the Bishops to a 10‐2 record en route to a Cape Ann League title and North Finals runner‐up finish as a freshman ... claimed a first‐team spot on USA Today's All‐USA Massachusetts Football Team as a senior ... named all state in 2016 as a linebacker ... earned All‐New England Class B as a junior and senior ... chosen as NEPSAC Class C Player of the Year and ISL co‐MVP ... selected All‐New England and All‐ISL three times each ... named to Boston Globe's All‐Scholastics team as a senior ... was on the Boston Herald Super 25 team as a junior ... named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All‐State Super 26 Team as a linebacker in 2016 ... collected four Eagle Tribune All‐Star honors in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 ... three‐time Boston Herald All‐Star (2015, 2016, 2017) ... team MVP as a senior ... 26 receptions for 613 yards and seven TDs as a senior ... registered 20 rushes for 202 yards and five scores, while also recording three defensive TDs ... 27 receptions for 527 yards and six TDs as a junior ... nine receptions for 189 yards and three scores as a sophomore ... tabbed a four‐star recruit by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals ... ranked as the No. 2 player in Massachusetts, No. 13 tight end and No. 323 overall prospect by 247Sports ... ranked as the No. 289 overall prospect, No. 8 tight end, No. 1 in Massachusetts and No. 31 in the region by ESPN ... ranked the No. 148 overall prospect in the country, No. 6 tight end and No. 1 player in Massachusetts by Rivals ... four‐time letterman in basketball as a forward ... selected as the Daily News' Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2015 ... named to the Eagle Tribune Super Team in 2015 ... Averaged a double-double as a sophomore.
Full name is Patrick John Freiermuth ... son of Dianne and John Freiermuth ... has one brother, Tim, and one sister, Megan ... father, John, played basketball at St. Anselm ... brother, Tim, was an offensive lineman on the Springfield College football team ... hobbies include writing and hanging out with friends and family ... worked with the Special Olympics basketball foundation ...b orn October 25, 1998 in Newburyport, Massachusetts.