Undrafted Superstars: Pittsburgh’s Commitment to Developing Players

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Published: March 31, 2009


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Of the group of guys making critical plays for Pittsburgh, four were undrafted free-agents.  

Powerful and determined athletes such as James Harrison and Fast Willie Parker went from names on a depth chart, to headliners. Add bankable kicker Jeff Reed to the mix, and a logic emerges as to why the Steelers don't overpay for free agents.  

Pittsburgh develops players.

Both Harrison and Parker showed flashes of greatness in college, but were missing some skills necessary to be one hundred percent effective in their respective roles. Excellent coaching enabled these guys to be ready to step in.  

Both Harrison and Parker were ready to land their opportunities when they each turned out great performances in, the otherwise "meaningless", last game of the season at Buffalo in '04.

Jeff Reed got his break for the Steelers after stepping in to replace injured kicker Todd Peterson. Reed seized the opportunity, and hi...

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