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Old 05-24-2006, 09:28 AM   #11
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Default Re: steelers sign the 1st draftpick

heres his comments from the official site

http://news.steelers.com/article/64455/

Colon happy to have contract done
Wednesday, May 24, 2006



Rookie offensive tackle Willie Colon became the first of the team's 2006 draft class to sign a contract when he agreed to a three-year deal this week.

For Colon, it was a relief to have it done early.

"I am glad to get it off my mind," said Colon. "It hangs with you. I am blessed it got done so I can continue to go to work."

Colon, 6-3, 315 pounds, is taking part in the team's coaching sessions and is pleased with the progress so far.

"Things are going well," said Colon of the voluntary workouts. "I am happy. I am excited. It's a dream come true for me.

"I am not comfortable, but I am hungry. I am happy with where I am, I happy with the group of guys I am around. Coach (Russ) Grimm continues to have faith in me every day so I am happy."

Colon, who played at Hofstra, was one of the team's fourth round picks this season. He is working at tackle right now behind Max Starks, but has the ability to help out at guard if needed as well.

"I am only 6-3 so I will probably be one of the smallest tackles in the league," said Colon. "I just want to show Coach Grimm and Coach (Bill) Cowher that I can handle the end. It's a challenge for me and I can take it on. I just want to start getting ready for the season.

"I'm just really excited. I want to have the ability to be versatile and play tackle and guard, and play special teams. I just want to find my way into playing."

When Colon arrived in Pittsburgh for the team's mini-camp, he quickly realized that the Steelers locker room was loaded with talent.

"When I first came in to get acclimated and I looked to my left of my locker and it was Alan Faneca right next to me," said Colon. "I am going to be very quiet, but ask a lot of questions. Those guys have a name for themselves and they earned it. They are very proud guys. They wear that Steelers logo proudly. I just want to follow in their footsteps, stay focused and shut my mouth. I'm a New York kid. I'll have fun with it."
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Default Re: steelers sign the 1st draftpick

He was interviewed by Stan Savern on Sports Beat last night. Colon cracked a joke stating that he thought his father's name was Franco because both of his parents are huge Steeler fans (his mother in particular). He stated the reason why his mother is a Steeler fan is because she was growing up around the time of the 70's Steelers.

Going by the interview the kid has his head on straight. Suit and tie for his first local interview, well spoken with an excellent attitude.
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Default Re: steelers sign the 1st draftpick

i like that since he would be one of the smallest tackles its giving him that motivation to work harder, and learn other positions. i hope he can hold his own and make the team. he seems like a mean s.o.b. on the field, but a great person off the field
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