Isaiah Pead becomes the Pittsburgh Steelers’ newest member. And though it came via unfortunate circumstances, he is excited to have another shot in the league.
“With me, you can expect that I’m a competitor, high motor guy, a person who loves this game. Someone who is looking to capitalize on this opportunity,” Pead told Missi Matthews of Steelers.com.
Pead recalled the moment he found out he was coming to Pittsburgh. He was on his way to work out for the Houston Texans when Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert called, telling Pead he would be signed as long as he could pass a physical. Pead’s agent was on a plane and unavailable, forcing the running back to decide if he should trust Colbert’s words and skip the visit to Houston. He, of course, did.
While he admitted he doesn’t know anyone closely on the team, he is familiar with running backs coach James Saxon. Saxon was his position coach at the Senior Bowl in 2012.
And he plans to soak up as much information from veterans like DeAngelo Williams.
“I’m a guy who likes to learn from anything. Whether it be watching someone work or just listening to someone talk. Listen to someone’s story or where they messed up at and where they capitalized on their opportunity. Knowledge is something you can’t put a price on.”
Pead will wear #44 for the Steelers. Mike Tomlin cautioned he will be able to help “at some point,” not immediately, until he learns the team’s system.