Jake Dixon trades season tickets for shoulder pads while waiting for Steelers preseason debut

Jake Dixon is used to attending night games at Acrisure Stadium. In two days, he will actually be able to play in one.

Dixon, the undrafted rookie offensive lineman from Bethel Park and Duquesne, will make his debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday when they open the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks.

Dixon’s family has season tickets, and the 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle attended night games last season against Chicago and Seattle in addition to an afternoon game against Tennessee.

“We’ve been going to this stadium for years,” Dixon said. “To be on the other side of the fence, playing on the grass and competing there, I think it’s going to be very exciting.”

Dixon isn’t looking too far ahead for his first professional appearance. The Steelers had a Thursday practice and a Friday tour waiting for them before leaving the St. Vincent camp and playing at their home stadium.

“Honestly, I didn’t think about the game at all,” Dixon said. “I take a snap both here and in the theater, and try to take all the coaching and make any corrections that need to be made. The match is coming, and it’s going to be exciting, but I really haven’t thought about it.

Dixon has been working at tackle with the third team offense at camp as he tries to make the transition from the lower tier of Division I to the NFL. He was one of a handful of undrafted free agents the Steelers signed in May.

Dixon enjoyed the more than two weeks he spent at camp in St. Vincent even though the training schedule is more rigorous than what he experienced in Duquesne.

“Every game, everyone steals. There are guys with mouths to feed here,” he said. ” It’s awesome. That’s the biggest difference. Everyone participates in every game, and if you are not up to this challenge, you will know it and you will see it. It’s about preparing your mind when you step onto the court and not giving up, not letting go and going 100% all the time.

“It’s a chore, a mental battle every day to learn and take the coaching and implement it on the pitch at such a fast pace. But it’s football, it’s a lot of fun and the work is worth it. sadness.

Joe Rutter is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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