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2011 NFL Draft: Steelers Seventh-Rounder Baron Batch Writes An Amazing Blog

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.

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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 ...

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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.

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My old chapter is done.

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A new chapter starts now.

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Get ready to root for this kid.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.