Wait is over Steelman

Trent Steelman has been waiting for this day for nearly two years.

Steelman, Army’s former quarterback, will get to showcase his skills as a wide receiver in front of at least 10 NFL scouts at Western Kentucky’s Pro Day Wednesday.

For the past few months, Steelman has been back home in Bowling Green, Ky. working out for the opportunity to earn a free-agent contract. Steelman also received some help from former Air Force running back Chad Hall in his preparation. He worked out with Hall in Atlanta, Ga.

“We’ve become really good friends over the last couple of months,” said Steelman, who will also participate in the NFL Veterans Combine Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. “Chad is one of a kind. I really admire what he did and was able to do in the NFL. He’s a respected player league-wide. He was open arms when I came asking and we have spent a lot of time together. He’s taught me a lot.”

Steelman has been given an early opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL full time. The Army moved Steelman from active duty to the Reserves before Christmas, Steelman said. Steelman was a maintenance platoon leader at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga.

Service academies, Army, Navy and Air Force, have required former football players to compete two years of active duty before they can request their release.

Steelman participated in Ravens rookie mini-camp in April 2013. The Ravens were set to offer him a free-agent contract. But, Steelman couldn’t sign it because he wasn’t to graduate from West Point until that summer and needed to start his active duty.

“We’ve been on the phone with some teams and they are just looking for me to get out there and show them what I can do as a wide receiver/slot receiver,” said Steelman, who weighs 202 pounds. “What they are looking for is my fluidity in my routes and if I can go out there and show them what I can do I should be OK.”

Steelman graduated West Point with the most rushing touchdowns (45) in academy history and the third-most rushing yards (3,320).

“Really for the past year and half two years, I’ve been constantly trying to stay in shape and managing the Army and the workouts and it’s given me the opportunity to really, really develop as a wide receiver and this is the most comfortable I’ve ever felt,” Steelman said.

 

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