The Pittsburgh Steelers may have something of value in wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, a player who has bounced around practice squads around the league and who was only promoted to the active roster due to various wide receiver injuries.
In two games, Hamilton gas caught five of the eight passes thrown his way for 72 yards and a touchdown. Those aren’t huge numbers by any means, but fresh off the practice squad, he’s looked good and had Landry Jones at quarterback for one of those games.
One of his receptions was an excellent touchdown reception in the back corner of the end zone.
Hamilton, 25, played college ball at Arkansas. From there, he joined the Cincinnati Bengals, where he took his entire $94,000 rookie signing bonus and … bought a whole bunch of cows.
Hamilton’s family owns a farm, and whenever he was short on money in college, his family would sell a cow. When he joined the NFL, he replaced every single cow that the family sold for him, and bought back his horse, which he sold in high school for $300.
His agent, J.R. Carroll, said that Hamilton received plenty of offers to play in the CFL, but that he refused and was adamant he would catch on to an NFL team. The Steelers have been dealing with injuries to Eli Rogers, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates. When all those guys come back, it’s unclear where Hamilton fits in.
But Hamilton sure seems like a guy who is all country, and his agent, J.R. Carroll, agrees, as noted by TribLive.com.
“He’s as country as country can be,” Carroll said. “When he signed with Pittsburgh, I checked in with him on that Friday night. He had found a cow sale and was watching cows get sold. If you check his Instagram page, it’s all football, horses and cows.”
The Steelers definitely have a character on their hands, and potentially a gifted wide receiver on top of that.