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Sutton: 'I was wide-eyed'

Waiting for the phone to ring, waiting to learn what your football future is going to be, can be very stressful for an athlete on draft day.

But Steelers' third-round draft pick Cameron Sutton found a way to strike out that stress. He went bowling.

"It was a little stressful, really more so anxious than anything," said Sutton. "But I went bowling with my family and friends and a couple coaches from high school to try to keep my mind off of everything. It turned out for the best for me.

"I'm a really competitive bowler. That's my hobby outside of football. My little getaway. I won the first two games, then it got to the point where I had to sit down and just focus more on the draft and everything that was happening. I kind of got thrown off of my game a little bit, but it was good."

Sutton got some good news after he wrapped up on the lanes, when the Steelers made the former University of Tennessee cornerback their pick.

"It's amazing. It seems surreal," said Sutton. "Just to have the opportunity to be with such a historic and prestigious organization, it means a lot. To hear and know Mike Tomlin's voice and everyone else, all the other coaches, the GM, the President. The overall confidence level they have in me. I really appreciate it. I'm really going to make the most of it.

"I'm a guy who's about his business and just ready to get to work. Like I said, the opportunity that they've given me, I'm definitely going to make the most of every opportunity that they give me out there on the field and take advantage of that and hopefully I will be here for my whole career."

Sutton will get to work next weekend when he takes part in the team's rookie minicamp at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. But he got a sneak peak of his new digs when he came into town for the Steelers Fan Blitz the day after he was drafted.  And he liked what he saw, especially those six shiny Lombardi Trophies.

"I was wide-eyed, wide-eyed," said Sutton. "That's the simplest way you could put it. I'm a guy who's never been here before, I've never been to Pittsburgh, I've never been in the city and even in the area, ever in my life. So just to be here, to have this opportunity, just to be at the facility and see all the great things around here and see all the great people in the building that I'll be working with pretty much for my career. It's amazing. It's a true blessing.

"When we came through the tunnels, it kind of hit me. We were going through some trees, some back drop, then you see the city and everything. It's really nice. Like I said wide eyed, a lot of joy, a lot of excitement. My heart's beating a little fast just talking about it."

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