Steven Nelson: From food stamps to making $25M with Steelers
Apr 16, 2019
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was preparing for another round of NFL owners meetings when Nelson, who trains in Phoenix in the offseason, proposed breakfast with his new coach at the Arizona Biltmore. Over fruit and omelets, Nelson wanted Tomlin to understand exactly what he was getting with his latest investment.
“I wanted to introduce myself formally, look a man in the eyes and give him a sense of satisfaction of the type of player I am, the type of person I am, more so off the field,” said Nelson, who is participating in the Steelers’ offseason workouts this week after four years with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Nelson has seen too much in his football career not to be clear with his intentions.
Signing a three-year, $25.5 million deal with Pittsburgh — the richest in franchise history for the first week of unrestricted free agency — was the culmination of a career paved with challenges at nearly every stop.
A third-round pick in 2015, Nelson started the