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supersteeler
01-08-2013, 12:50 AM
By Alan Robinson

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013, 8:24 p.m.
Updated 3 hours ago

Linebacker Kion Wilson, who played five games for the Carolina Panthers during the 2011 season, signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Monday.

Wilson wasn‘t on an NFL roster this season. He originally signed with the Chargers in 2010 as an undrafted rookie free agent from South Florida. He forced a fumble on special teams during three games that season.

Wilson had 171 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and 121⁄2 tackles for losses in two seasons at South Florida, where defensive coordinator Joe Tresey called him “the toughest player I have ever coached.”



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Mister Pittsburgh
01-08-2013, 04:54 AM
Interesting player/ person...

Chadman
01-08-2013, 04:56 AM
Interesting player/ person...How so Mr P? Not being funny- Chadman just knows very little about him..

jj28west
01-08-2013, 07:22 AM
I am intrigued also. Cant find much with google.

Mister Pittsburgh
01-08-2013, 09:41 AM
Tragedy shapes Wilson's outlook
Updated: November 25, 2009, 4:11 PM ET
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As the sixth of nine children, Kion Wilson will have a large, built-in cheering section during South Florida's senior day game against Miami on Saturday (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET). If the linebacker hugs his siblings a little longer and grows more emotional than most during the pregame ceremony, it's understandable.
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Wilson feels incredibly fortunate to be alive, and has learned to appreciate his family more than ever before.
"Every morning, every day, I thank the Lord," he said. "I know I could be gone at any moment."
That outlook is forged by unimaginable pain. On March 7, his brother, 24-year-old Kellon Wilson, was shot in the back of the head and killed after an argument in Miami Gardens, Fla. While the family grieved this loss, another of his brothers was taken away May 31, when 29-year-old Darius Wilson died after being shot in the upper leg while working as a security guard for a Miami night club.
Kion says he's still not sure he has processed what happened. Part of him still believes his brothers will come back one day, that he'll hear Kellon talk again about how he played as his younger brother on the "NCAA Football" video game.
Rather than fall apart from the losses, though, Kion has driven himself harder. He leads the Bulls with 91 tackles, but that only tells half the story. In the win at Florida State, he dislocated a finger and took a cut on his hand that required 26 stitches. He missed about six minutes of action before telling the coaches he was ready to go back in.
At other times this season, Wilson has pushed through seriously strained groin and quad muscles without complaining or seeing a dropoff in his performance.
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"I've learned not to be surprised by him," South Florida linebackers coach David Blackwell. "He's an extremely tough person. He just keeps coming back and playing harder and playing stronger."
Whenever he feels the pain urging him to take a play off, Wilson thinks of his two brothers.
"I can't go down," he said. "I play for them."
The cruel irony for Kion is he knows neither of his brothers did anything to deserve his fate. In fact, if any of the Wilson clan seemed destined for a tragic ending, it would have been Kion.
Violence struck his family early, as Kion's father was murdered in Jacksonville when Kion was just 3 years old. His mother, Glenda Marshall, worked two jobs to support her nine kids, and Wilson took advantage of her time at work to find trouble.
He hung out with a small gang of hoodlums in Miami's Carol City who called themselves the "191 Boys." They sold a little weed, drank, got into fights. One day, when he was 13, Kion punched another boy and broke his jaw. He picked the wrong victim, the little brother of a police officer.
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Marshall remembers a uniformed officer showing up at her home and making threats to harm her son. She worried about Kion's safety from both sides of the law. So a few days later, after Kion was arrested on a petty offense, she told the judge she didn't want him to come home.
"Kion had become ungovernable," she said.
Marshall and the judge worked out a deal to send Kion to Bay Point, a boarding school for troubled teens. There, students were awakened at 5 a.m. every day and had their days scheduled to the minute. Wilson spent nine months in the program.
"It was most definitely a reality check," he said. "I had a lot of time to think about what I really wanted out of life."
When Marshall visited him on Easter Sunday, he told her, "I don't want to go back to Carol City when I get out of here. I don't think I will make it."
Marshall landed a job in Jacksonville and moved her entire family there. On Thanksgiving week, the man who would become Marshall's husband picked Kion up at Bay Point and brought him to his new home.
At Bay Point, Kion played organized football for the first time. When he arrived at Jacksonville's Raines High School as a sophomore, he began to thrive in the sport as a defensive end.
"Football was the key for him," Marshall says. "He's had his head on pretty straight ever since then."
Kion didn't make the grades to play major-college football out of high school, so he went to Pearl River Community College. After recording 215 tackles in two years at outside linebacker, he turned into a coveted recruit. One of the schools that pursued him the hardest was Miami, the team Kion grew up rooting for. But neither he nor his mother wanted him back around the temptations of the old neighborhood, so he opted for Tampa and a sure starting job with the Bulls.
His new school became one of his most important support systems during the twin tragedies of this offseason. But he said his biggest source of strength was his mother, who refused to let any of her kids see her suffer.
Marshall, an operations manager for TJ Maxx, admits that she broke down many times. But she always made sure to get all her crying out in the car on the way to or from work.
"By the time I arrived back home or at my workplace, I was ready to show strength again," she said. "When tragedy occurs, life still has to happen."
Marshall stayed strong throughout the trial of Kellon's killer. Louis Lee Bradshaw was given a life sentence on Nov. 6. Two people were taken into custody in connection with Darius' murder the day before Bradshaw's sentencing. Marshall will attend their arraignment Monday.
The murders have changed the Wilson family. Marshall said several relatives have moved back to Florida or are planning to in order to stay close to one another. These days, she won't let any of her grandkids go to the school bus stop without her.
Kion said he calls or texts his remaining six brothers and sisters -- who range in age from 18 to 33 -- all of the time now.
"I hadn't talked to my brothers for about two or three days before [they were killed]," he said. "I wish I could have told them that I loved them."
He won't let that go unsaid again. As Kion Wilson is surrounded by family members for Senior Day on Saturday, he'll let them all know just how lucky he feels.

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Chadman
01-08-2013, 09:49 AM
Well, there you go. Regardless of how his time as a Steeler goes, Chadman is hoping he gets some success for his efforts. Tragic how often Chadman reads stories similar to this though..

Jooser
01-08-2013, 10:27 AM
The Steelers need playmakers at LB. That is priority number 1 for this defense. Timmons was the only dynamic player at the position this season, so the Steelers need to find a dynamic compliment. Larry Foote was adequate this season, but adequate doesn't cut it in DL's scheme. The DL is asked to occupy blockers and allow the LB's to do their thing. This past season, JH was injured, Woodley disappeared, and Larry Foote was just adequate. He was there, hanging around, but never quite able to make the big play. I think the Steelers need to invest in some more LB talent. They need to rehab the hell out of JH, tell Woodley to hit the treadmill, and get Timmons a sidekick that kicks as much arse as he does and double down on that threat in the middle. If the LB corps suddenly come back to life, we will see a surge in QB pressures and mistakes that lead to those all too elusive turnover-type mistakes. The LB's don't have to be a huge run-stuffing beast either. We need speed. The weak spot on passing downs is over the middle against our zone defense. We need a LB that can help Timmons cover the ever increasing threat of TE passes. But, that's just me. Joos out!

supersteeler
01-08-2013, 10:34 AM
Thanks for sharing that article Mr. Pittsburgh.
Kion had some very difficult circumstances growing up, and tragic events that happened to his family. It appears he is a very motivated individual and from what his former coaches said, a very tough individual. I wish him the best in his endeavors, and a possible solution to our LB corps. I don't know if he plays on the inside or outside, anyone know?

Keyplay1
01-08-2013, 10:56 AM
Am I correct in assuming this is not intended to be James Farriors replacement. More than likely not even close to being Keyaron Fox's replacement.

It said he played 5 games for Carolina. What position did that coach of the Panthers play?

Mister Pittsburgh
01-08-2013, 11:36 AM
probably just a camp body...possible backup and solid special teams player. his skill set makes him sound a lot like larry foote.

pfelix73
01-08-2013, 11:36 AM
Jooser, I agree with you. But maybe we can draft another 1st round guard and he can go both ways at OG and LB. :D

Slapstick
01-08-2013, 11:39 AM
He is a special teams player with good instincts...a Keyaron Fox is probably the best comparison...

He was a guy who had six tackles vs the Steelers in a preseason game in 2012...they probably took notice of him then, if not before...

RuthlessBurgher
01-08-2013, 01:44 PM
The LB's don't have to be a huge run-stuffing beast either. We need speed. The weak spot on passing downs is over the middle against our zone defense. We need a LB that can help Timmons cover the ever increasing threat of TE passes. But, that's just me. Joos out!

Sounds like you describe Sean Spence quite well. Hopefully his rehab is going well.

Oviedo
01-08-2013, 01:56 PM
Sounds like you describe Sean Spence quite well. Hopefully his rehab is going well.

Sean Spence before he had all his knee ligaments removed and replaced. I wouldn't count on Spence for anything in 2013 if ever.

papillon
01-08-2013, 02:01 PM
If Wilson can make the special teams "special" then it will be a great addition. The Steeler STs were deplorable and cost the team at least one game and probably more.

Pappy

Oviedo
01-08-2013, 02:08 PM
If Wilson can make the special teams "special" then it will be a great addition. The Steeler STs were deplorable and cost the team at least one game and probably more.

Pappy

Doesn't sound good for Stevenson Sylvester if that is why they are bringing him in. We have serious depth issues at LB.

supersteeler
01-08-2013, 03:49 PM
Doesn't sound good for Stevenson Sylvester if that is why they are bringing him in. We have serious depth issues at LB.

Bye....Sly

RuthlessBurgher
01-08-2013, 07:59 PM
Doesn't sound good for Stevenson Sylvester if that is why they are bringing him in. We have serious depth issues at LB.

Don't overreact to news of futures contract signing. Here are guys we brought in on futures contracts last year: quarterback Jerrod Johnson, defensive tackle Mike Blanc, defensive tackle Kade Weston, inside linebacker Marshall McFadden, cornerback Antonio Smith, safety Myron Rolle.

Jooser
01-08-2013, 08:37 PM
Look here, it's simple folks...have you all forgotten?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn0C3Lf3fUE

Jooser
01-08-2013, 08:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UfFsgDzaJc

Jooser
01-09-2013, 11:15 AM
Sounds like you describe Sean Spence quite well. Hopefully his rehab is going well.

Exactly what we hoping to see out of Spence, Ruthless, hopefully he can come back healthy and has retained his speed.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
01-09-2013, 12:02 PM
Hmmm....Steelers sign Brian Rolle too. He may be one that makes the roster & contributes. Possibly even start until Spence gets healthy if they don't get Foote back. He has lots of upside...But undersized at 5-10.

All we need now is Thad Gibson back for a reunion. lol

Slapstick
01-09-2013, 01:06 PM
Rolle started 13 games for the Eagles in '11...he had 63 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble that he returned for a TD...

The guy they replaced him with last year in Philly was really a difference maker on that defense, eh?

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
01-09-2013, 02:21 PM
Rolle started 13 games for the Eagles in '11...he had 63 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble that he returned for a TD...

The guy they replaced him with last year in Philly was really a difference maker on that defense, eh?

Well, it was only a matter of time after drafting Kendricks. Rolle was discouraged going into camp with Ryans being brought in & Kendricks being drafted. He was no SAM. Jordan beat him out and he left his ST play go downhill. If he takes advantage of a "second chance" could be a keeper. I'm sure motivation won't be a problem now.

Slapstick
01-09-2013, 02:37 PM
Well, it was only a matter of time after drafting Kendricks. Rolle was discouraged going into camp with Ryans being brought in & Kendricks being drafted. He was no SAM. Jordan beat him out and he left his ST play go downhill. If he takes advantage of a "second chance" could be a keeper. I'm sure motivation won't be a problem now.

He was an MLB at Ohio State...the OSU defense under Jim Heacock has a lot of similarities with LeBeau's defense, which is why we've brought OSU defensive players (although not necessarily highly drafted)...Doug Worthington, Cameron Heyward, Mike Kudla, Thaddeus Gibson...now, Bryan Rolle...

Rolle's MLB position at OSU matches most closely to the Steelers' Buck position, or where Foote started this last season...

lloydroid
01-09-2013, 03:04 PM
Got to weed wack as much as possible to find players to upgrade every single unit on the team, and that's what this is. That being said, long odds he even makes the practice squad.

phillyesq
01-09-2013, 03:18 PM
Don't overreact to news of futures contract signing. Here are guys we brought in on futures contracts last year: quarterback Jerrod Johnson, defensive tackle Mike Blanc, defensive tackle Kade Weston, inside linebacker Marshall McFadden, cornerback Antonio Smith, safety Myron Rolle.

A well needed dose of perspective. Nobody signed to a futures contract provides any insight about what the Steelers think about anybody on the current roster. It merely means that they find something interesting in the player that leads them to want to kick the tires.

phillyesq
01-09-2013, 03:20 PM
Rolle started 13 games for the Eagles in '11...he had 63 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble that he returned for a TD...

The guy they replaced him with last year in Philly was really a difference maker on that defense, eh?

The linebackers in Philly have been horrible. Demeco Ryans were improvements on a unit that was a weakness during almost the entirety of Andy Reid's tenure.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
01-09-2013, 03:22 PM
He was an MLB at Ohio State...the OSU defense under Jim Heacock has a lot of similarities with LeBeau's defense, which is why we've brought OSU defensive players (although not necessarily highly drafted)...Doug Worthington, Cameron Heyward, Mike Kudla, Thaddeus Gibson...now, Bryan Rolle...

Rolle's MLB position at OSU matches most closely to the Steelers' Buck position, or where Foote started this last season...

He has good cover skills & range. I personally think he would be best at Mack in the 3-4 with Timmons sliding to the Buck. I watch alot of Eagle games and was surprised they let him go. I though he looked really good his rookie year...A nice surprise. Kendricks is just a great player out of the gate and Rolle believes he is a starter. Might be a good time to get someone at his age who wants to prove something.

Slapstick
01-09-2013, 03:37 PM
That being said, long odds he even makes the practice squad.

This guy started 13 games in the NFL...I would definitely bet on long odds...my return would be fantastic...

Slapstick
01-09-2013, 03:43 PM
The linebackers in Philly have been horrible. Demeco Ryans were improvements on a unit that was a weakness during almost the entirety of Andy Reid's tenure.

When Reid hired Juan Castillo as DC and Jim Washburn as D-Line coach, it was simply a bad fit all around for the personnel they had...

Washburn famously lines up his DEs very wide...the infamous "wide nines"...when you line your DEs up that far out, you can become vulnerable to the run...that's why, when Washburn was at Tennessee, they needed a first round thumper like Keith Bulluck at MLB...the Eagles had nobody like that at LB...Rolle included...

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
01-09-2013, 04:01 PM
A well needed dose of perspective. Nobody signed to a futures contract provides any insight about what the Steelers think about anybody on the current roster. It merely means that they find something interesting in the player that leads them to want to kick the tires.

There are times where a team liked someone in a draft or as an UDFA who chose to go elsewhere. Ended up getting cut or part of a numbers game and left on the street. Sometimes teams load up at a position depth wise where they feel a roster may be set on these future deals. This gets them players who have went through camps and have some experience next preseason. The monies aren't guranteed or up front so it is better than spending a draft choice if you will have to release them.

You are not penciling in roster spots or starting positions on guys signed to future contracts. Very seldom someone surprises to make a 53 but some make the PS. A guy like Rolle who is 24 and started 13 of the 20 games he was active in over the last 2 years has a good shot as any ILB that will be under contract behind Timmons & Spence going into 2013.

lloydroid
01-09-2013, 04:07 PM
This guy started 13 games in the NFL...I would definitely bet on long odds...my return would be fantastic...

For every feel-good story about a dude who has been out of football for a year or two, returning to make a team, there are 1,000 stories, or more, where they just can't cut it after being a year removed.

Slapstick
01-09-2013, 04:29 PM
He hasn't been out of football for a year...

Chadman
01-09-2013, 07:28 PM
Given that Rolle will be competing against Marshall McFadden, Kion Wilson & Stevenson Sylvester for an ILB position... Chadman thinks that the 'long odds' on him making the roster are worth having a lazy $20 on...

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
01-10-2013, 12:37 PM
Given that Rolle will be competing against Marshall McFadden, Kion Wilson & Stevenson Sylvester for an ILB position... Chadman thinks that the 'long odds' on him making the roster are worth having a lazy $20 on...

Seeing him run around the field for the Eagles his rookie year makes me think that "long" shouldn't precede "odds" unless the Steelers draft some competition early. If Foote returns, there is really no experience behind either Timmons or Foote especially if Spence starts on the PUP.