Pitt's Lindsey hoping to catch on with Steelers

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm •  Published: May 5, 2012
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Lindsey spent last weekend gathered in a room with his family waiting for the phone to ring.

The former Pitt linebacker didn't expect to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft, or the second.

Then the third round passed. Then the fourth. Then the fifth.

At that point, Lindsey grabbed the remote and turned the TV off.

"I didn't want to hear it anymore," Lindsey said.

Instead he turned his attention to figuring out where he wanted to sign as a rookie free agent. The answer was stunningly obvious.

Lindsey spent five years in the same building as the Steelers, practicing on the same expanse along the Monongahela River. He often wondered what it would be like to walk through the door on the left — which leads to the Steelers headquarters — instead of the one on the right that leads to Pitt's football offices.

The reality is even better than he imagined.

"I'd been over here before but it's nothing like when you're a part of the organization," he said. "Now you know you're a part of their team and it's a great feeling."

One that is in stark contrast to the roller coaster Lindsey rode during his final year with the Panthers, who went through four head coaches — and a couple of interim ones — in the span of 14 months.

Lindsey was a second-team All-Big East selection at defensive end under Dave Wannstedt in 2010, only to see the coach who recruited him let go, leading to a series of missteps that culminated in Todd Graham bolting Pitt after just one season for Arizona State.

All that tumult hurt the Panthers on the field, and perhaps the professional prospects of the seniors. The draft came and went without a Pitt player being selected, the first time that's happened since 1999.

"I think it hurt us just not having the sense of home," Lindsey said. "We didn't feel like we had a place we belonged. You go from one system to the next to another one. It's hard for any 21, 22-year-old to get used to losing your coach two years in a row."

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