Filling In

Posted by Graham Kelly | 10:29 PM | 0 comments »

Ramon Foster was not ever expected to even make the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. The Ripley, Tennessee native, was an undrafted free agent after his career as a Vol came to an end. However, the kid who was a three sport athlete in high school and three year starter for the Tennessee Volunteers wasn't going to let the disappointment of going through all 7 rounds and not getting drafted stop him from following his dreams.

Foster made the Steelers roster during training camp and appeared in 14 games his rookie season in 2009. Foster even started 4 games in place of an injured Chris Kemoeatu. However, when the 2010 campaign started, Foster, once again found himself as a backup.

The Steelers O-Line was decimated by injuries all season and Foster was forced back into the starting lineup against the Baltimore Ravens in week 13. Foster hasn't relinquished the starting role this time. Even with the return of Steelers guard Trai Essex, Foster has started seven games in a row, and will be the Steelers starting right guard in the Super Bowl.

Much like the hard task fellow Vol, Packers, Chad Clifton faces blocking James Harrison, Foster will be charged with trying to contain the Packers feared defensive tackle, BJ Raji. Foster's play will be especially important since the status of Steelers regular starting center, Maurkice Pouncey is unknown.