Reporting Jory Rand
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers introduced their first-round draft pick to reporters Friday afternoon.
As David DeCastro posed for pictures with his new Steelers jersey, team president Art Rooney II joked the newest Steeler may have already set an unofficial record.
“I think David may have set the record for the shortest time between being drafted and being on a plane to Pittsburgh,” Rooney said.
After being drafted shortly before 11 p.m. ET, DeCastro has been on a whirlwind that brought him from the West Coast on very little sleep.
“Yeah, I’m still trying to catch my breath,” he said. “Bunch of text messages, bunch of phone calls, a bunch of people saying, ‘Congrats.’ Just an exciting time.”
DeCastro made his first appearance as a Steeler Friday and he fit right in.
“Definitely a life-changing moment,” he said. “As far as the Steelers, I was really excited. Obviously the organization, team speaks for itself. Arguably one of the best if not the best fanbase in the world. I’m just excited – great football town, great football city and couldn’t be happier, really.”
The Steelers never expected to land a player like DeCastro who was expected to be drafted much higher in the first round.
“Getting picked by the Steelers definitely helped overcome any disappointment,” he said. “It really wasn’t much and I didn’t go in with any expectations. I knew the draft there’s a ton of variables and a lot of stuff that can happen with all the trades and whatnot and the Steelers picked me – I was more than overjoyed.”