The jump from college to the pros essentially creates a new life for football players, one filled with new challenges. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round (242nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, former Ohio State Buckeye Doug Worthington is getting a taste of that new NFL life.
The 6’5”, 292-pound defensive tackle was busy catching punts after practice in an effort to increase his value and earn a spot on the 53-man roster. When asked if this was something he had done before, the rookie said, “Never have I done anything of that nature. Most I ever did was punt and bare punt.” This is life for a seventh-round rookie. Only a few months ago Worthington was playing (and winning) in the Rose Bowl. Now he’s the low man on the totem pole, fielding punts after practice in heat ratios over 100 degrees in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.