LATROBE, PA (WWAY) — As the Pittsburgh Steelers look to add to their NFL record 6 Super Bowl titles, we hope to add another local star to our list of players to make 53 man rosters. Pharoah McKever looks to be that next name.
For an undrafted rookie free agent in the NFL, it’s an uphill climb to make a final 53 man roster. In fact, only one made the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.
That’s the odds Columbus County native Pharoah McKever faces in the 2018 training camp, while also trying to make history in his home town.
“It’s a big thing,” McKever said. “I’d be the first one to do it if it happens. I’m just coming out of there as a small town guy, pursuing his dreams and keeping the main thing, the main thing.”
The South Columbus grad earned a spot on the training camp roster after impressing in mini-camps. His task now is to catch the coaches eye and compete with guys like Vance McDonald and Jesse James for one of the tight end spots.
He said he’s feeling good now two practices into the 2018 training camp.
“It’s good man,” McKever said. “Just coming out here competing again, putting the pads and helmet on and just coming out here competing and trying to win the job. It’s something new man. It’s very exciting to come to come here as a rookie with the rookie class of 2018 and compete with these guys.”
The fans in Columbus County are some of the most dedicated in the state of North Carolina.
McKever felt that support as a student and continues to feel the love as he fights to make his dream come true.
“They’re very proud man,” McKever said. “They just say to stay to the grind, stay true to who I am and true to myself and keep working. It will all pay off.”
At South Columbus, McKever played quarterback and safety. At NC State and Florida International it was wide receiver, defensive end and finally tight end.
He has proven time and time again he will fight to make his home town proud and he has a message to the Columbus County faithful.
“Anything you put your mind to, you can do it. If you believe, you can achieve. That’s it.” McKever said.
The Steelers open up their preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles on August 9.