Punter Brad Wing is rarely without a smile, always making the best of every moment because he loves what he is doing. For a kid who grew up in Australia, playing in the NFL wasn't something he ever thought would happen. But the second-year punter is hoping he has a long career with the Steelers. Wing recently took time out to answer a few questions and share his thoughts.**
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What was last season, your rookie year, like for you?**"I spent the last five years with this being the goal I was working towards. You always think what it's going to be like. It's nothing like you imagine. There are a lot of ups and downs. It's very unpredictable. The biggest thing I was surprised about was with how quick it went. It felt like we were just in camp and then the season was over. It moves really fast and it's unpredictable."
What was your expectation versus reality?
"I figured you practiced and played on the weekend. I had no idea just how the schedule during the week played out. You get so close to everyone because you are with them all of the time. I knew you got close to teammates, but here it's different. It's a different type of teammate and I like it a lot here. I made friends in college, but here there is a closer bond and connection."
What is it like playing for special teams coordinator Danny Smith?
"I love Danny. He is a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. But he is a great box of chocolates. I wouldn't want it any other way. He is high energy, passionate. He is 100 percent in. He isn't going to give you a half-hearted job ever. I have so much respect for him and love coming to work for him every day. He is very good and business oriented but has an element of making it fun too."
Is he a great motivator?**
"Oh yeah. You just don't want to do bad for Danny. You want to do the best you absolutely can for Danny. That is how you show him how much you respect him. He is so into it, so involved, and he wants to win every week. Everyone wants to do everything in our power to help us win."
How big of a help were Shaun Suisham and Greg Warren for you?
"I can't even explain how much. Having them there was enormous in my growth and development, having two guys who played in the NFL for 10 years and Danny coaching 20 years. I have a lot of experience around me every day. I pick their brains every day to see what they do to stick around. I feel like they have given me the answers."