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Old 05-15-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default 7th Rd. Kelvin Beachum gets masters degree/delivers commencement address...

...at SMU. great article on a kid who truly is an inspiration and should be a role model to the youth.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article...1-1eb6561e8f15

The former SMU offensive lineman was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh-round a few weeks ago, helping him fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL.

Then on Saturday, not only did Beachum receive his Master’s degree from SMU, but he also delivered the commencement address for his class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education & Human Development.

“It was a tremendous honor,” said Beachum. “I didn’t know all of these things would be happening for me. Getting drafted, addressing your peers at graduation. It’s an honor, a privilege and something you could never plan for.”

Beachum received his undergraduate degree in Economics from SMU and then continued his education earning his Masters in Liberal Studies with a concentration on organizational behavior in only 16 months.

“I don’t know the statistics on how many people go into the NFL with their Masters, but to be able to succeed on the football field and in the classroom go hand in hand for me,” said Beachum. “You have to work hard on the football field and in the classroom just to be able to stay on the field.”

It wasn’t easy for Beachum to find the perfect balance between football and his education, as football has been the dream and he wanted to keep that his main focus.

“Football has always been my priority,” said Beachum. “My priorities are God, family and football. Football always came before school, even though I was a student-athlete. It was difficult to get to the Master’s degree and make sure I was caught up. I took on the challenges to make sure I was successful. My focus on football has never changed.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: 7th Rd. Kelvin Beachum gets masters degree/delivers commencement address...

Nice read on the young man.
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Default Re: 7th Rd. Kelvin Beachum gets masters degree/delivers commencement address...

Drafting quality individuals like Beachum again demonstrates the emphasis the Steelers organization puts on character and background... and it further deepens my appreciation for the B&G.
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Default Re: 7th Rd. Kelvin Beachum gets masters degree/delivers commencement address...

a very, very impressive young man who I will definitely be cheering for to make the 53-man roster...
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