PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Playing football in Pittsburgh while growing up can lead to visions of someday playing on Heinz Field, and while Andrew Taglianetti has already accomplished that at the University of Pittsburgh, he now has his sights set on doing it again, this time as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Taglianetti was invited to the Steelers rookie camp this past weekend and talked to 93-7 The Fan about his experience.
“What an opportunity to be invited to my hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and take part in the rookie camp,” he said. “What an experience. I think it shows firsthand what a world class organization the Steelers are. I was just truly excited to be there but it was definitely a lot of fun and I definitely learned a lot.”
Taglianetti also talked about what it was like getting to work with Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau.
“You could just tell why this team has been so successful over the years,” he said. “I’ve talked to Coach Tomlin a little bit through my years at Pitt, but just being in the meeting room and his presence in there, he walks in and he commands your attention. e speaks with authority and enthusiasm. In terms of Coach LeBeau, you can tell this guy knows what he’s talking about. He has played in the NFL, he’s a Hall of Famer, his defense is proven to be the best over the years. It was kind of cool just to have him coach you.”
Taglianetti also gave the inside scoop on some of the other Steelers rookies, including second-round pick running back Le’Veon Bell who really stood out to him.