As usual, the NFL has invited former players from all 32 teams to announce the Day Two picks of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a pair of familiar faces. Santonio Holmes will announce the team’s second round pick while Brett Keisel will announce the third round.
Here’s the list for the rest of the league.
Santonio Holmes was the Steelers first round pick, 25th overall, in the 2006 NFL Draft, the team trading up from 32 to get him. Though his Pittsburgh career lasted just four seasons, he made several memorable plays during his time in the Steel City. None bigger than his toe tap in Super Bowl XLIII, earning MVP honors in a 27-23 victory over the Cardinals. He caught nine balls for 131 yards and that score in the game. Off the field issues and suspensions got him sent to the New York Jets, where he’d spend another four years and catch 16 touchdowns. His final year came in 2014, a brief stint in Chicago before retiring as a Steeler in 2017.
Keisel’s journey was the opposite. Pittsburgh chose him in the 7th round of the 2002 draft. He worked his way into the starting lineup by 2006 where he’d stay for the next eight seasons. In all, he started 114 games for the black and gold, recording 30 sacks and forcing seven fumbles. He recorded the fumble in the Super Bowl against the Cardinals, securing the team’s win. Since retiring, he’s largely stayed local and still puts on his yearly “Shear Da Beard” event in Pittsburgh. The 9th annual event that took place in February raised thousands of dollars for Children’s Hospital. Former teammates joined him, including Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison, Cam Heyward (who got a trimming too), and Charlie Batch.
“It means so much,” Keisel said of the event. “There are so many other things people could be doing, but Pittsburgh is unique in that regard where we have a unique hospital that gives unique care with unique personnel inside that building, that really take it to a different level.”
One-time Steeler Josh Scobee will also make an announcement for the Jacksonville Jaguars.