Just got off the phone with Army quarterback and Bowling Green High School graduate Trent Steelman, who signed Saturday as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens.
Steelman said the Ravens are bringing him in as a slot receiver, with his backup position as safety. Despite playing quarterback in college, he said he’s coming in with an “open mind.”
Steelman will have Army service obligations, but a rule change in 2008 allows athletes the ability to pursue their professional careers while also still working for the Army in some capacity. If they are still in professional sports after two years, they have more options for how to approach their remaining years of service.
Here are Steelman’s comments:
On signing with the Ravens: “It’s a great honor, and it’s something I’ve been dreaming of my whole life. It’s finally come around. It’s all part of God’s plan for me. It was a stressful day, but I know this is where I was supposed to be, and it couldn’t be with a better organization.”
What was today like? “There’s a lot of uncertainty involved. Ever since the Shrine Game, they’ve been in contact. They told me I would get a shot, whether it was a late draft pick or free agency, but we understood it would probably be free agency. I’ve always been a guy who just needed a chance, and I finally got it.”
Army obligations: “It’ll be a case-by-case, but first and foremost, I know the Army is my duty, and I’ll do everything I have to comply with them. I want to represent the Army the best way I can and work from there.”