Facing backlash is something cornerback Chris Steele knows all too well. It started in freshman year.
By all account, Steele was set to have a long, and prosperous career with the Florida Gators, that was until serious allegations involving his roommate and teammate Jalon Jones came to the forefront. At that moment, Steele made the difficult decision in entering the transfer portal, a decision that was not well received.
Perhaps no one was more vocal about their disapproval than then-receiver Trevon Grimes. Using Twitter, he took it upon himself to post a picture of himself standing over Steele with the caption, "If you're not a Gator, you're Gator bait." Former teammates began to post videos of Steele getting beaten in practice, painting him as someone who was weak in the process. There was no question that the harassment was had one objective, to team him down.
When he successfully transferred to USC, Steele responded with a strong freshman year, where he registered 35 tackles and five passes defended. By the end of his sophomore year, his play had improved to the point of earning All-Pac-12 second team honors. In his junior season, he collected two interceptions along with his first career sack and two tackles for loss. He would collect honorable mention all-conference accolades for his play last season.
His journey to this point was not easy, as all the obstacles along the way tested him both physically and mentally. For Steele, there could be no greater response to all of his critics, than finding a spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers Roster.