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Drafted | A Steel-City Dream comes true for Dotson

Grew up a Pittsburgh fan
Posted at 4:13 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 17:13:41-04

Kevin Dotson was getting his lunch together Saturday afternoon, when his phone rang.

"It said Pittsburgh area code, and I was just about to make my plate," Dotson said. "I was hoping it was somebody, and they weren't just stopping me from making my food."

On the other end of that phone call was the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Everything was in slow motion for a few minutes. I'm just super excited," Dotson added.

Joining Pittsburgh is a dream come true for Dotson. Yes, making the NFL was his dream, but Kevin grew up in a Steelers household. He's watched them since he was a kid.

"We always watched Super Bowls, the Steelers were there. We watched games, and the Steelers were winning. It's something when you watch you can see whay you'd be a fan of the team. It doesn't take much to be a Steelers fan," he said.

The Louisiana right guard became the program's first AP first-team All-American this fall. He earned All-American in four publications, still, the starting guard had little draft chatter.

"I might not be in the spotlight, but all the NFL teams are calling me, so I'm still on the path I want to be on," he said just days before the draft.

Dotson didn't get invited to the combine.Out of high school, he was a two-star recruit with just one FBS offer according to 247 Sports. Dotson has long talked about being under the radar and using that as motivation. Now his motivation is winning with the team he's always loved.

"I always thought I'd be a good Steelers offensive linemen, because there are requirements to being one," he said. "You have to be tough, you have to play hard, you have to know your plays, and you have to protect your quarterback, and I think I do those things pretty well."

WAFB in Baton Rouge contributed to this report.

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