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Pat Freiermuth Drafted No. 55 Overall By Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Penn State football star tight end Pat Freiermuth was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday night. He becomes the first tight end drafted from Penn State since Mike Gesicki was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2018.

The Merrimac, Massachusetts native owns the Penn State career touchdown receptions by a tight end record with 16, and sits at eighth all-time in touchdown grabs. He also set another Penn State record by finishing his career catching a pass in 29 straight games.

Freiermuth’s junior campaign ended early when he had season-ending surgery due to an injury suffered in the team’s second game against Ohio State. Despite the early ending, Freiermuth still put up respectable numbers in four games played, with 23 catches for 310 yards and one touchdown.

After the departure of former tight end Mike Gesicki, Freiermuth assumed the role of starting tight end and quickly became one of the best in college football. The former four-star high school recruit was consistently a reliable target for Trace McSorley and Sean Clifford.

Whether or not he was making big plays, his presence on the field and as a leader was always felt. From catching touchdowns to blocking and make a hole for his running backs, Freiermuth did it all.

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected].

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