The Pittsburgh Steelers cannot miss with wide receiver selections.
Last year’s third-round pick, Sammie Coates, has been a home-run threat for the Steelers this season. However, his success was never a sure thing as he has struggled to ovecome the pain of losing his father.
The young wide receiver lost his father to a garbage truck accident when he was in elementary school. It has been many years, but Coates does feel there is one thing missing with the success he has been finding on the field.
“I think about him every day,” Coates told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “I wish he was here to see what I’ve accomplished. He’s my best friend.”
Coates was never a troublemaker, but he was angry and distant all the way through his high school years. His only scholarship offer was to Southern Mississippi when friends and family woke him up for a workout with Auburn. Coates’ eye-popping athleticism wowed the coaches and earned him a scholarship.
In his time there and with the Steelers he has found himself able to better open himself up to others.
“There was a hole in my heart,” Coates said to Fowler. “But I’ve got a chance to make (my dad) proud. Surrounding myself with the right people was a blessing. And I put God in my life.”