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Stolen by the Steelers

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Posted: Sunday April 16, 2000 03:53 PM

 

Former UCLA wide receiver Danny Farmer was chosen in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Farmer caught 29 passes for 573 yards and three touchdowns in his senior year with the Bruins, and is UCLA's career receiving yardage leader with 3,020 yards on 159 career catches. Danny filed this Draft Day Diary with CNNSI.com shortly after being notified of his selection by the Steelers.

I was happy that the Pittsburgh Steelers selected me in the fourth round. I was just happy to go to a good team and a great organization. To me, that goes a long way and I think that's something that's very important.

I actually know a lot about the Steelers, because I have a friend there, Kris Farris. He has been there for a year now, so he went through the same thing that I went through last year. He's definitely kept me up to date on what's going on, and I know a lot about the whole storied old franchise of Pittsburgh. It's a great franchise to go into, and I'm just excited.

I had the whole team from there on the phone to tell me that I had been draft. Dan Rooney and Bill Cowher were both on the phone. It was a good call for me. They were excited. They said that we are ready to take you, and we are excited to have you. And I was excited as well, because again it's just a great opportunity for me.

I'm going to go out there on Wednesday -- they have a little minicamp and I'm going to go out there and try to have a lot of fun. I don't know what's going to happen in terms of playing time for next season. They chose Plaxico Burress in the first round, and they have some guys there that are good right now, so I think I'm going to have to really step up and make some plays to kind of earn some playing time.

I've met Kordell Stewart before a few times. He's definitely a great guy. I think I met Jerome Bettis one time. I'm familiar with another Steelers receiver, Malcolm Johnson. He was out here working out in California, so I had the chance to meet him and hang out with him a little bit. And I do definitely know their faces.

I've actually worked out with Tee Martin when I was in New Orleans for a couple of weeks. He's just a great guy. He's one of those guys that works hard and loves football. I think for me that's something that is definitely a benefit, because I'm going to be able to work with him, and he and I are kind of going to go through it together. I know I'll have someone right there next to me that is going through the same thing.

I was very disappointed not to get picked on Saturday. You never know. Those are things that you really don't have any control over. The hardest part was seeing so many receivers go ahead of me. And all those teams that said they'd take me, or said they were really interested in me, then took other receivers, that was very difficult for me. So I think that it was overall kind of a devastating day, but everything is healed today. I'm going to go to Pittsburgh and hopefully help out the Steelers and have a great experience in the NFL.

I think it will definitely motivate me. I've been through this before. In high school I didn't get recruited to go to college -- I had to walk on at UCLA. Then I played two sports at UCLA, but people always questioned if I was too short for volleyball or to slow for football, so there have always been doubts surrounding me for some reason. It's definitely a place that I am unfortunately familiar with.

I just hope to come in and bring my hard work ethic. I think I can bring that to the team. I think I bring a lot of attributes to them to hopefully help them get back on track. I think it's going to be a great opportunity for me. I'm going to go out to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and I think that's when I'll finally start to realize that the dream is coming true.

May family memebers were all very happy for me. They've been nothing but supportive, and they are just happy for me. It's going to be hard for them because I'm going far away, but they are just happy because they know I've worked so hard to get to this point. They are happy because I am going to a great team.

I don't know yet how I'll deal with the cold weather. We'll see, but I think I'm going to be fine. I'm just going to be happy to be there. I think that I have a lot of motivating factors, and maybe weather will be another one now. Maybe I'll get motivated in the snow to do all I can, and I can take the weather there to be a positive force for me.


 
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