Steelers 2014 Draft

ryan-shazier-cowboys-steelers-nfl-draftThe Pittsburgh Steelers had good draft results for the 2014 NFL Draft. The draft was especially pleasing to Jordan Zumwalt, a UCLA linebacker who will now be playing in Pittsburgh. Lou Spanos, a former Steelers defensive assistant was pushing for the Steelers, particularly the Pittsburgh linebacker coach Keith Butler to draft Jordan Zumwalt. Whatever Spanos said must have made a difference because now the 6-foot- 4, 235 Zumwalt is going to be playing for the Pennsylvania team. Zumwalt came onto the Steelers team in the sixth round on the Saturday night of the NFL draft. Zumwalt is over the moon with the match. He said, “finally and thank you for being the Steelers. It’s like, you know when you were a kid and you were waiting for Christmas? So, this was like that. It was pretty tough.” The new Steelers recruit went on to say, “I would love to get the opportunity to play for this defense, I’m very excited about it. I love the game,\ and I have a lot of passion for the game. And if you’ve seen me play…I’m going to bring everything that I have to this game.” Butler made a good point when recruiting Zumwalt that UCLA and the Steelers have a very similar defensive game so he should have an easy transition joining the pro-ball team. Butler is also excited about bringing No. 1 pick Ryan Shazier to his defense stating “there were a lot of guys that we like at that spot, but they were all drafted. So, when he came, a guy with that type of speed, you can’t pass him up. He’s going to make us immediately faster on defense.” In a press conference, a reporter asked Butler is Shazier could get bigger. Butler said, “I’d like him to move. I don’t want him to get big that he can’t move. A lot of young linebackers get it in their heads that they have to be 250-260, but that’s bull crap to me. Pardon my language. For me, it’s can they move and be where they need to be when they need to be there. He can make up for any mistakes with speed.” A few other drafts make this a good year for the Steelers defense and beyond.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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