LOVES PARK – Freeport native and former Western Illinois star Steve McShane got invited to Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp and made a good impression with the team. It did not lead to a contract offer, but he hopes to hear from a team in the coming weeks ahead of NFL training camps.
“Out at Pittsburgh I thought I did pretty good,” McShane said ahead of a workout at Mercyhealth Top Performers. “It was a blessing to be there. You get an opportunity to do something like that and you’re always going to try to take advantage of it as much as you can. I’m still working, still waiting on my next call or whatever’s going on with it. I’ll just go from there.”
He received some positive feedback from the Steelers following his performance at minicamp.
“They told me that I was an NFL player,” McShane said. “The next step is to find the right system for myself. I’m sitting here waiting. I’m going to keep working as much as I can and find my way.”
McShane has never shied away from the work. He played both football and baseball at Western Illinois. Nothing has ever been handed to him and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“For me, it’s always been a bumpy road, but a joyride,” McShane said. “I’m going to have joy and enjoy my time while I keep working out and have fun with it.”
He says he gets that positive outlook from his mom. He plans to use the rejection from the Steelers as motivation to keep pursuing his dream.
“Never let anyone get in your path of your journey and what you want,” McShane said.
No matter who calls on him next, McShane will stay ready for his next opportunity.