Anthony Chickillo is apparently very happy with his decision to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chickillo, who reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from the New England Patriots to remain in Pittsburgh, has been a constant presence at the Steelers’ facility this offseason.
Chickillo, by virtue of his Instagram page, has also been showing fans his playful side as he continues to bond with his Pittsburgh teammates.
A sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Chickillo, who played out of position during his time at the University of Miami, recorded a forced and recovered fumble as a rookie while playing primarily on special teams. He started seven games in 2016 while tallying 2.5 sacks along with 24 tackles and two forced fumbles. While he only started in two games in 2017, Chickillo still recorded 14 tackles and 3.0 sacks and scored Pittsburgh’s first touchdown of the season after recovering Tyler Matakevich’s blocked punt in the team’s Week 1 victory over Cleveland.
This production in 2017 led the Steelers to bring him back for another season. Chickillo signed a one-year, $1,907,000 contract prior to the 2018 season. He may not have started any of the 16 games that he appeared in during the season, but the fourth-year pro still contributed as a rotational player. Chickillo registered 24 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two passes defensed. In his career, he has 78 combined tackles, seven sacks, three passes defensed, and three forced fumbles.
During last year’s training camp, 247Sports asked Chickillo was his biggest goal was entering the 2018 season. While he could have mentioned individual goals, Chickillo instead pointed to Pittsburgh’s main objective.
“I really just wanna win a Super Bowl,” Chickillo told Pittsburgh Steelers on 247Sports from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. “I just wanna be a part of the team that brings that seventh Super Bowl to Pittsburgh.”
Chickillo also discussed why he’s so happy in Pittsburgh, a team that took a chance on him back in 2015.
“I feel like I’m in the right system where I can utilize my natural ability and just trying to keep learning and keep trying to get better every day,” he said. “It’s been great. We have great coaches here, we’ve had great leadership my whole time I’ve been here as far as players and coaches. I know what’s expected. Just gotta teach the young guys what Coach T. always says: ‘The standard is the standard.’”
Chickillo, shortly after re-signing with the Steelers back in March, told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler why he decided to stay in Pittsburgh instead of heading to New England.
“It’s funny everybody’s counting us out,” Chickillo said. “You still have to play.”
Chickillo and his teammates will look to prove the doubters wrong in 2019 while adding to Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl collection in the process.