"I'm trying to get away from that nickname" Freiermuth




With this year's Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie minicamp in full swing, a player that received a good amount of attention on this day was rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth. During his time with Penn State, he was given the moniker, "Baby Gronk", due to being in the same area as the legendary Rob Gronkowski himself.


During his post-camp press conference, Freiermuth was asked about that nickname. He was quick to let everyone know how much he disliked it.


"I hate it. I think it's pretty annoying. I'm trying to get away from that nickname. I don't want to be called that."


When asked about his success in the red zone during his time with the Nittany Lions, Freiermuth confirmed that he never dropped a pass in the red zone, and noted the importance of taking advantage of "limited opportunities" in those situations.


This day gave him the chance to look at new coordinator Matt Canada's offense, which he described as "complex, but it's simple in the same way", and having the elements to utilize all the talent on the Steelers offense.

He also noted the possibility of double-tight end sets with teammate and veteran tight end Eric Ebron."I'm excited to learn for him and kind of see what is tasked for us in '12 personnel,' what we do, what we're asked to do. I'm excited to see that stuff."


With dinner plans set with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the rookies, Freiermuth is adjusting quickly to his teammates and his surroundings.

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