7 weeks into NFL career, Steelers’ Devin Bush adjusting to life as a pro
Devin Bush had an NFL player in his home as a youngster, and he spent plenty of time around a former longtime NFL player and coach while in college.
That’s just part of the reason that, seven weeks into his own NFL career, Bush feels as if he’s been adjusting well.
“Every day is a lesson learned for me,” Bush said on the opening day of Pittsburgh Steelers mandatory minicamp Tuesday. “I come in, I learn something new every day. I keep my mind open to new ideas and new ways of going about this job and everything that comes with it. Week in and week out, I’ve grown.”
The son of eight-year pro safety Devin Bush Sr. who played at Michigan for longtime former NFL quarterback and head coach Jim Harbaugh, Bush came to the Steelers with high expectations after being the No. 10 overall pick in the draft.
The first step in acclimating to life in the NFL has come this summer during rookie minicamp, organized team activities with the veterans and now mandatory minicamp.
“Just being a professional, being able to handle everything that this job comes with, dealing with on-the-field issues, off-the-field issues,” said Bush, who’s already calling the defensive plays as a first-team inside linebacker. “Not even issues. Just life. Just being able to come in here and do what I’m supposed to do.”
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Bush said Harbaugh ran the Michigan program “pro style,” something that’s helped him make the jump to the pros while he’s yet 20 years old.
“A lot of it was, ‘It’s all on you,’” Bush said of Michigan, “whether you’re going to take it serious or not.”
Bush was 4 years old when his father played his final NFL game for the Cleveland Browns in 2002. As such, he said he’d never been in an NFL locker room until he arrived in Pittsburgh. But even if Bush doesn’t have many first-hand memories of his father’s NFL journey, being able to lean on him has been a benefit.
“Having him to be able to talk to, going through the things that I went through, how to have your mindset, what to experience, what to expect, you don’t really know all the answers until you do it,” Bush said.
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