Steelers seventh-round NFL Draft pick Baron Batch, a running back from Texas Tech, has a blog. And a Twitter account! Shocking, right? I know - lots of athletes do. No, the real shocker here is that his blog is jaw-droppingly good - clear and perceptive and dripping with genuine feeling. His most recent post, about his relationship with his father and being drafted by the Steelers, is among his best.
The poor kid with nothing but a dream and a tattered map of how to get there had reached his goal. I had been drafted into the National Football League. Did that just happen? Will I wake up? Ok, I think maybe this is real ...
It’s a fresh start for me now. I feel new. I guess that it’s only fitting that the same moment my father and I’s relationship was renewed I was inducted into an entire new family as well; A family that is huge, a family that is loud and crazy just like my own, a family that is black and gold. I couldn’t be more excited to be a Steeler and it’s a long road ahead to make the team. I have my work cut out for me, but I am one step closer.
My old chapter is done.
A new chapter starts now.
Get ready to root for this kid.