Fernando Velasco Shares Tough Upbringing, Plans For Future With Steelers

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Steelers Center Fernando Velasco talked with Joe Starkey of Starkey, Miller and Mueller about his life growing up, the obstacles he had to overcome and where he sees himself next year when Maurkice Pouncey is back and healthy.

“Everybody has a story,” Velasco said. “My story is just a story of perseverance. We’re going to have some obstacles along the way, but what doesn’t hurt you makes you stronger. I’ve had a lot of unfortunate stuff happen but it’s not an excuse … I was blessed to have a grandfather who has helped me along the way.” 

Velasco says his father spent most of his childhood incarcerated and can’t come into the United States. 

The Steelers game in London this year against the Vikings was the first time Velasco’s father got to see him play.

When it comes to his future with the Steelers, his impending free agency and Pouncey coming back next year, Velasco said how much he has enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh and how he sees things playing out.

“I understand the business, I understand the situation, this is his (Pouncey’s) team, this is his offense and it’s definitely his offensive line so I respect that and understand the nature of the business,” he said. “Honestly for me right now, I’m just enjoying the process, I’m just enjoying my role right now being the starting center and I’m just trying to get better each week.  We’ll see what happens in March. I know one thing, I love it here.”

Listen to the audio below as Velasco also talked about what it was like getting thrown right into this offense after Pouncey went down.

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