Devin Bush didn’t hesitate when asked to name his favorite Steeler shortly after being selected by Pittsburgh with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bush, formerly an All-American linebacker at Michigan, is just the third player Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert has traded up to acquire in is 20 drafts with Pittsburgh.
“Troy Polamalu,” Bush said. “That would be my favorite Steeler.”
Polamalu, ironically, was the first player Colbert traded up to acquire when he traded up from the 27th overall pick to select Polamalu, a strong safety, with the 16th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Polamalu, who enjoyed an extremely productive career at USC, would go onto earn eight Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro nods along with earning the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010. Polamalu, who also retired with two Super Bowl rings, will most likely be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020, his first year of eligibility.
The second player Colbert traded up to acquire was receiver Santonio Holmes, who came to Pittsburgh after helping Ohio State defeat Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. Holmes would go onto make one of the greatest plays in NFL history, as his touchdown catch late in Super Bowl XLIII propelled Pittsburgh to a 27-23 victory over Arizona while making the Steelers the first franchise in NFL history to win six Vince Lombardi Trophies. Holmes, who caught nine passes for 131 yards against the Cardinals, was named the game’s MVP.
Bush was undaunted when asked about following in Polamalu and Holmes’ footsteps. In fact, Bush is embracing the challenge of living up to the careers of the two preview players Colbert has traded up to select.
“I wanna be both of those [a Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP]” Bush said. “I wanna try hard to be both of those.”
Bush also explained what it meant to him knowing how much the Steelers value his ability and potential.
“It means everything,” he said. “Just to be able to know that the Steelers were that high on me. They feel like I can be a game changer in their program. I know that they’re looking to win, and they feel I was the best pick to help them win. That means everything to me.”
Bush is also excited to play for head coach Mike Tomlin, who is trying to become only the 14th head coach in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl titles.
“I know Coach Tomlin’s a player’s coach,” Bush said. “Just talking to guys at the Steelers…I know he’s a player’s coach; he’s all for his players. Actually meeting him, I know he’s that. I know he goes hard for his players and I know he’s also a coach that loves to win, and he’s looking to win.”