Even though he was not drafted, Kansas State center B.J. Finney’s NFL dream will still come true. In an emotional video posted by the Wichita Eagle, it was learned that Finney signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Finney’s story is a special one, as he did not receive any Division I scholarship offers out of high school, and he had to drain his own bank account and borrow money from his mother just to be a walk-on with the Wildcats. Hard work paid off as he earned a scholarship and became a starting offensive lineman for the team and earning spots on three All-Big 12 First Teams.
Finney’s next goal will be to crack the Steelers’ roster out of training camp. He has the size and passion at 6’4″, 303 pounds, but Pro Bowler Maurkice Pouncey has the center position locked down tight and the rest of the starting offensive line is fairly crowded. Thus, should he make the team, Finney will likely spend most of his time on special teams.
Given his story and drive to succeed, however, don’t be surprised if he becomes a bigger name in time.
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