The Pittsburgh Steelers today named Alfredo Roberts as their tight ends coach.
Roberts, who starts his 23rd year of coaching overall, spent the previous four seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers as their running backs coach (2017-19) and tight ends coach (2020). He also has made stops in Indianapolis (2012-15), Tampa Bay (2009-11), Cleveland (2007-08) and Jacksonville (2003-06).
Over his 16 seasons coaching in the NFL, Roberts has mentored multiple Pro Bowl players at tight end and running back, as well as All-Rookie honors for tight end Dwayne Allen in 2012.
Roberts coached running back Melvin Gordon III in 2018 to his second Pro Bowl. Gordon III registered 1,375 scrimmage yards. He surpassed 1,300 yards from scrimmage for the third consecutive season. Fullback Derek Watt was also named a third alternate for the Pro Bowl.
As tight ends coach in Indianapolis for four seasons, he tutored both Allen and Coby Fleener, who became the first pair of tight ends in NFL history to each have eight or more TD receptions in a season (2014). Roberts also coached current Colts' starting tight end, Jack Doyle.
In 2003, Roberts accepted his first NFL position as the tight ends coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, guiding Marcedes Lewis as a rookie.
Roberts began his coaching career in 1998 at Florida Atlantic University. He spent the first two years recruiting prior to the program's inaugural season in 2000. Roberts coached tight ends for two seasons (2000-01) before coaching the Owls' wide receivers in 2002.
Roberts was an eighth-round pick by Kansas City in the 1988 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Chiefs before joining Dallas in 1991. Roberts was part of two Super Bowl championship teams in Dallas (1992 and '93). He played in every game for five consecutive seasons. Roberts finished his career with 50 catches for 476 yards and two TDs in 82 career games.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Roberts graduated from the University of Miami, where he was a member of two national championship teams as a tight end. Roberts played on five bowl teams for the Hurricanes, including two Orange Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and one Sugar Bowl.