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Hawaii 5-0
12-03-2012, 09:34 PM
Kelvin Beachum: Unsung hero in Steelers Week 13 win over Ravens

By SteelCityRoller on Dec 3


While congratulations are deserved by multiple players in Sunday afternoon's emotional victory, one player seems to get lost in the shuffle.

The heartfelt exchange between Charlie Batch and Ben Roethlisberger immediately upon the referee's signal of a successful field goal, spoke volumes to the importance of this game and this team, to these players.

The odds were more than stacked against the Steelers, Pittsburgh was buried in them. The Steelers were already without the top two quarterbacks from the team's opening day roster; and the third-stringer Batch, had done little to evoke confidence in even the most, die-hard fan. Toss in the loss of the team's starting left outside linebacker, LaMarr Woodley, and its second starting right tackle in Mike Adams; and the Terrible Towels began to twirl a bit slower.

Then, in the early moments of week 13, the Steelers suffered another setback, with the injury to Ike Taylor. On paper, the Steelers had lost this game before they ever got off the buses.

The tears on Roethlisberger's towel, stood as evidence of the physical and emotional investments made by Batch. The often attacked Cortez Allen stepped up and proved that "The Standard is still the Standard". Jonathan Dwyer played like a starting running back, while the Steelers deactivated their long time starter Rashard Mendenhall. Jason Worilds was solid in his support of Woodley. James Harrison looked like a younger version of himself, and Ziggy Hood looked like a much wiser version of himself. Every participant deserves a pat on the back for their contributions in a hard fought, much needed victory; especially, Kelvin Beachum.

Beachum, one of the Steelers' four seventh-round draft picks in 2012, impressed coaches with his football intelligence. While his 6-foot-3, 300 pound frame doesn't exactly translate into an NFL right tackle, this collegiate tackle was seen as a guard, or center project. While his potential impressed coaches in the classroom, his work ethic is what earned their respect.

Even from his days at SMU, Beachum has deservedly earned a reputation for an exceptional work ethic. He stays hours after practice has concluded, constantly watching tape and working on his technique. His work ethic, combined with his open mind towards positional flexibility, allowed the coaches to feel confident enough to release long-tenured veteran, Trai Essex. However, Beachum was never intended to play at either tackle spot. He would be an inside blocker, only.

When Adams went down with a leg injury, and was subsequently ruled out of the week 13 game in Baltimore; everything changed. The situation had been deemed so dire, that Maurkice Pouncey, an all pro center, was moved to guard; allowing Doug Legursky, who has played less than spectacularly at guard, to play center. An injured Willie Colon was pushed all week, in hopes he would return; but his pain refused to comply. Because of the shortage of bodies, Beachum was forced into his first NFL start at right tackle.

While the Ravens' pass rush relies heavily on the blitz, and not as much on their defensive line; Beachum played admirably at a position that no one wanted to see him play; in a game no one wanted to see him in. While the Ravens generated pressure at times, little mention was made by the television broadcasters of a rookie right tackle looking overwhelmed in his first start.

Beachum has had quite a journey from his birthplace of Mexia, TX, to the three rivers of Pittsburgh, PA; but when his number was called upon in Baltimore, MD, he did all anyone could ask of him. Because of his performance, Charlie Batch found plenty of time to lead the team to an eventual victory; and because of his relentless desire to improve himself every single day, Beachum has proven that he belongs on this roster.

Not many seventh-round draft picks get to say that they played a significant part in the resurrection of his team's post-season aspirations. Today, with his head held high; Kelvin Beachum can.


Fire Arians
12-03-2012, 09:46 PM
he definitely surprised me, and did a hell of a job. he was pretty much thrown into the fire and rose to the challenge, looked better than adams did against kruger 2 weeks ago.

12-03-2012, 11:28 PM
I said this in a couple of threads last night, I even mentioned him in my game ball post. Kid showed up and played his ass off! let's hope he's a 7th round steal not a 1 game wonder. I don't think he will be though because he played well last week too.

tony hipchest
12-03-2012, 11:48 PM
the best thing is he is of exceptional character, education, and family values.

i mean i dont expect all my steelers to be choir boys, but he is along the lines of guys like troy polamalu and myron rolle.

there is a great clip on sound FX of mike tomlin congratulating him as he comes down the tunnel at the end of the game.

way to build him up and build that confidence coach (i expected beachum to be a 2-3 year project as a solid back up) yet it would appear he could potentially have some starter potential down the road. :noidea:

12-03-2012, 11:53 PM
The scouts wanted someone else. Kugler wanted Beachum.

Sort of reminds me of the year that Carnell Lake wanted Cortez Allen.

Both players were "projects" of their position coaches... and both have proven their coaches right.

GMU Steeler
12-04-2012, 09:01 AM
From what I remember hearing about Beachum, he's really a smart dude. Agree, nice game for him. It's nice having depth.

Fire Haley
12-04-2012, 09:02 AM
Did you see the 'Sounds of the Game' clip on the ESPN post-game show?

they showed Beachum walking down the tunnel to the locker room and Tomlin was there, no chest bump, just a little boxing and a hug

"Little Kelvin Beachum, your dad would be proud, great game" - that was cool, compared to the other coaches they showed giving speeches

12-04-2012, 09:34 AM
Did you see the 'Sounds of the Game' clip on the ESPN post-game show?

they showed Beachum walking down the tunnel to the locker room and Tomlin was there, no chest bump, just a little boxing and a hug

"Little Kelvin Beachum, your dad would be proud, great game" - that was cool, compared to the other coaches they showed giving speeches

Yea that was nice to see! (same thing Tony mentioned above!!!)

Fire Haley
12-04-2012, 09:44 AM
Tony only mentioned it - I made it real

I am so much better than him

12-04-2012, 09:46 AM
I will give you that as your description was better! :flap:

Fire Haley
12-04-2012, 11:23 AM
Steelers/Ravens replay on NFL Network tonight - they usually include the sound clips - it might be on there for those that missed it

Hawaii 5-0
12-04-2012, 12:14 PM
Kelvin Beachum Helping Steelers Resurrect Their Playoff Hopes

December 4, 2012
By Christina Rivers

Player: Kelvin Beachum, Jr., OT #68
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 303 lbs.
Age: 22
Hometown: Mexia, TXl
College: Southern Methodist University (Mustangs)
Experience: Rookie


The seventh round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 NFL Draft and son of Kelvin, Sr. and Culetta Beachum, Kelvin Beachum, Jr. made a statement in his first start in the NFL regular season. Beachum, stepping in for an injured Mike Adams, helped pave the way for the Steelers to be able to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, on Sunday. A standout in high school and college, Beachum has shown that he has the skills and perception to have a great professional football career.

Playing football for the Mexia Black Cats, Beachum was allowed only one sack as an offensive lineman in 2006. He was named first-team All District 19-3A as a senior (2007) and second-team All District his junior year. He was also given a two-star rating by Rivals.com and Scout.com in football. Beachum also played basketball for Mexia High School.

After redshirting for the Southern Methodist Mustangs football team in 2007, Beachum started in all 52 games 2008-2011. Playing left tackle, he was key in the offense that was able to tie the school record of 29 touchdowns in 2008 and was named to the College Football Top Ten and the Pegasus News All-DFW College Football team. In his second season, Beachum was once again key in blocking for the Mustangs, who were able to set the school record for passing (3,666 yards), points (380) and total offense (5,093). Named to the second-team All-C-USA by coaches in the league, Beachum was one of only 12 student-athletes to receive the fall C-USA Spirit of Service Award and was named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s All-Texas Team.

SMU again broke records in Beachum’s junior season and he earned first-team Conference USA following the season. His senior season, he was placed on the Lombardi Award and Outland Award watch lists, became the President of SMU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and named to the C-USA All-Academic Team.

During his years at SMU, Beachum also served as a student representative to the SMU Board of Trustees, was a member of R. Gerald Turner’s Commission of Substance Abuse, participated in the Student Affairs Leadership Council, the SMU Athletic Council and the Apple Committee. Beachum was honored by being asked to present the Commencement address to his fellow graduates of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Developments. Beachum earned an undergraduate degree in economics and then, during the NFL Combine, studied and earned himself a master’s of liberal studies degree.

After finding out he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Beachum gave some extra advice to Mexia High School students about life and aspirations to do more with their lives. He told Roxanne McKnight in an interview, “It’s a privilege to be drafted by the Steelers and to be an example to the young men in Mexia.” Beachum gave credit to God and to grades for his success. “Grades come first,” he said. “You can’t get to the NFL if you don’t go to college. Take it one day at a time. You have to dominate in football at the high school level first, and then you need to dominate at the college level – and then let God do the rest.”

Beachum impressed many at Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, before the regular season. Jim Wexell did a piece on him on June 13, in which Steelers veteran Trai Essex expressed how well they thought Beachum was performing. Trai Essex called him “smart” and said, “He has some really long arms and has a really good set at tackle.” His play was a two-edged sword; it was good enough for him to stay with the Steelers, but Essex was shown the exit. “One thing about learning is not so much about being able to engulf the information,” said Beachum, “but also to be able to regurgitate it, to teach it to someone else.” Essex did that for Beachum and he hopes to be able to get to that place himself.

Beachum saw his first NFL action against the Oakland Raiders on September 23. He played with the special teams and filled in at right tackle. On October 21, he dressed but did not see any playing time. On November 18, he spent time on the special teams and then filled in for injured right tackle Mike Adams. Beachum, many thought, was more likely to become a guard or a center in the NFL, but everything changed when Adams’ leg injury forced him to miss the game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. With Maurkice Pouncey moving to left guard and the offensive line shuffled a bit due to the inability of Willie Colon to recover fast enough, Beachum made his first NFL start at right tackle. His individual performance as well as his team performance gave quarterback Charlie Batch the time and protection he needed to move the Steelers down the field, especially late in the fourth quarter, for the 23-20 win. Beachum was able to make important plays on the offensive line that helped Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman gain important rushing yards. On top of that, Batch didn’t have to worry so much about the right side of the line against a Baltimore defense that loves to put as much pressure on the opposing quarterback as possible.

With the type of work ethic Beachum has – staying late following practice, eating up game footage and visualizing the playbook – he will no doubt become not only a good football player, but a great one. The Steelers have had their share of troubles on the offensive line, and due to his efforts off the field to “get in the game”, it appears that Beachum will be looking at more time in the game and on the field as a result.


Fire Arians
12-04-2012, 02:41 PM
not going to get overly excited about beachum yet since it's just one game, but he well exceeded any expectations of a 7th round pick. Even if he spends his entire career as a solid backup, that's a good pick at round 7.

Now if this guy becomes a solid starter, it's a major steal. The guy has some really nice intangibles and potential!

12-04-2012, 11:23 PM
Beachum was a really nice surprise on the upside. Based on his preseason, I was worried - but his work in this game might have been the best we've seen at RT this year. I sure hope that we see more of the same!

At least one of these young guns needs to emerge at OT - it's the weakest OL spot right now, with Adams struggling with injuries and technique during his rookie year, and with Gilbert regressing even behind Adams. Unbelievably, Starks is actually our best OT!

12-05-2012, 05:01 PM
I thought the Rats were going to figure out a way to completely overwhelm him.
I didn't expect much based on what "he put on tape."
His performance surprised the hell out of me. Good confidence booster for the kid.