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    In Golic's case, father knows best

    In Golic's case, father knows best
    Posted Jun 16, 2013

    Teresa Varley
    Steelers.com

    As the NFL Draft started to wind down, Mike Golic Jr. noticed his phone start to ring more and more. It wasn’t teams necessarily looking to take the former Notre Dame offensive lineman in the later rounds, but rather sign him as an undrafted free agent once the draft wrapped up.

    Golic understood that, and while he was hoping to be drafted, he knew all he needed was an opportunity, a chance to sign on with the right team where he could show what he is capable of.

    So as offers started to come in from multiple teams, he sought the advice of the one person who would know best, his father, Mike Golic. Golic had played eight seasons in the NFL and for the past 13 years has analyzed the game for ESPN radio on the Mike & Mike show.

    The answer was clear. Sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    “He was very proud,” said Golic of his dad’s reaction to his signing. “He knows what a great organization this is and what a great tradition they have here. He is proud to see me get one step closer to hopefully accomplishing a dream, making this team and becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler.”

    Golic’s dad proudly talked about his son on the Mike & Mike show, a Steelers helmet prominently on the set and waving a Terrible Towel, but he also offered him some sound advice.

    “He told me to do all the little things,” said Golic. “That starts with going in after practice and taking care of your body every day, getting ready for the next practice. He told me always have your nose in the playbook, not to be afraid to watch extra film and do all of the little things day-to-day that are going to build great habits and great play.”

    Making a team as an undrafted free agent can be a challenge, but Golic could benefit from the fact that the Steelers didn’t draft any offensive linemen. While they added veteran tackle Guy Whimper before OTAs began, there is always a need for depth, especially with the rash of injuries the Steelers have endured on the line over the last few years.

    “There are a lot of great players here, even outside of the starting five,” said Golic. “There are guys that have been here a few years and know the system and are hard-nose players that reflect the tradition of this organization and the blue collar work ethic of this city.

    “That is what I want to be a part of and be around guys that have that work ethic and know what it takes to succeed at a high level like this organization does.”

    Golic just completed OTAs and the team's minicamp, knowing he had to give an all out effort every day to get to where he wants to be.

    “It’s a great opportunity and you want to conduct yourself and do the best you can to be a professional now,” said Golic. “That is what is expected of you and the standard that has been set here by the Steelers. I am trying to do that every day. I have to just show them I am in great shape, I can pick things up quickly, take what I have learned and apply it out on the field, and that I am going to play through the echo of the whistle.

    “This is something I have been dreaming of forever and to get the opportunity to live out my dream in one of the best sports towns in the country is unbelievable.”

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    Good story. Hope he makes it...and becomes a star/fan favorite.
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    I think this kid has his head on straight, is getting solid advice from a father who played in the NFL, and is taking nothing for granted. Hope he finds a spot and is one of those UDFA that's a real gem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    I think this kid has his head on straight, is getting solid advice from a father who played in the NFL, and is taking nothing for granted. Hope he finds a spot and is one of those UDFA that's a real gem!
    +1 and the added benefit is that Golic would feel compelled to talk more about the Steelers on Mike and Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    +1 and the added benefit is that Golic would feel compelled to talk more about the Steelers on Mike and Mike.
    That'd be cool if we got some extra insight via his son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    That'd be cool if we got some extra insight via his son.
    I'm hoping they send Golic to St Vincent's, but he may not want to so his son doesn't have extra pressure on him.

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    I think that listening to this guy you have to at least keep him around on the PS if you don't feel that he is ready. He has great perspective and a mentor who will place him way ahead of the curve when it comes to learning about how to be a professional football player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler_fan_in_t.o. View Post
    I think that listening to this guy you have to at least keep him around on the PS if you don't feel that he is ready. He has great perspective and a mentor who will place him way ahead of the curve when it comes to learning about how to be a professional football player.
    I completely agree. He might take some time but I think Golic could provide good depth going forward and who knows, he could be a starter some day. He has a good head on his shoulders and that is critical IMO. Some guys might have superior athleticism, size, etc but never "get it" from a preparation, learning, etc standpoint. I don't think Golic is going to have that problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    I completely agree. He might take some time but I think Golic could provide good depth going forward and who knows, he could be a starter some day. He has a good head on his shoulders and that is critical IMO. Some guys might have superior athleticism, size, etc but never "get it" from a preparation, learning, etc standpoint. I don't think Golic is going to have that problem.
    Thoughts of Kemo and Colon when you said that, as in never had it. Then we could go "old school" and think about Jamain Stephans!!!!!!!!

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    Been reading ND fan forums, and fans have been none too impressed with Golic Jr.

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