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Bush makes official debut in Pittsburgh

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Devin Bush made his official debut in Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon at Steelers headquarters in the South Side about 15 hours after Pittsburgh chose in with the tenth pick in this year’s NFL draft. Team owner Art Rooney III introduced him to the throng of media that gathered for the introduction.

“I came through the tunnels and rode around the city,” Bush said. “Being able to represent my family at this level is an honor.”

Pittsburgh traded up from their twentieth pick with the Denver Broncos to snag the 5-11, 225 inside linebacker. Besides swapping first round picks, the Steelers also gave Denver their second round pick this year and their third round pick next year.

“As soon as I saw the trade (Pittsburgh trading up), I knew someone would be calling me. For the Steelers to show their dedication and trade up was an honor,” Bush said. “I’m happy to be a member of this great organization.”

Bush started 32 games and played in 39 games for Michigan. He was a three-year letterman and a two-time academic all-conference honoree. During his college career, he recorded 194 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks, one interception, and 17 passes defended.

“I love watching football. I watch the opponent to see if I can get any advantage,” Bush said. “I’ve been watching film since high school.”

Bush was a consensus all-American and an all-Big Ten honoree in 2018. He was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year. He led the team in tackles in 2018 with 80 and had 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 5 sacks and six pass breakups. He is looking forward to playing in the Steelers’ defensive scheme.

“I love this defense. They’re very aggressive,” Bush said. “I’m not feeling any pressure.”

The Steelers traded up for a defensive player only once before under current general manager Kevin Colbert. That deal netted NFL future Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu. The Steelers also traded up to get wide receiver Santonio Holmes, a Super Bowl MVP, under Colbert’s tenure.

One reason the Steelers were in desperate need of a middle linebacker was due to the catastrophic injury of Ryan Shazier. Bush knows Shazier’s story, and respects him, but he is going to focus on his game, not on trying to replace anyone.

“I want to work hard to get both of those (NFL Hall of Fame Inductee and Super Bowl MVP),” Bush said. “I’m not feeling any pressure at all. I’m not trying to be Ryan Shazier.”

In 2017 Bush was an all-American second team honoree and led the defense with 102 tackles. In 2016 he played in all 13 games at both linebacker and special teams. He is expected to contribute right away in Pittsburgh, at least as a special teams player, while he learns the middle linebacker position for the Steelers.

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