Richmond native Travis Feeney drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers in 6th round

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In his senior season, Feeney, a Pinole Valley High alum, was the Pac-12 sacks leader with 6.5 in eight games and second in tackles for losses with 13. His 40-yard dash time of 4.5-second was second-fastest among linebackers at the NFL combine.

Travis Feeney (No. 41), the University of Washington star linebacker from Richmond, was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, according to news reports. He was picked No. 220 overall.

Feeney reportedly thought he was being pranked when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called him. Feeney says going to the Steelers is “freaking awesome.”

Before the draft, Feeney told the media he just wants to play in the NFL.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you’re drafted; it just matters that you get on the team and show what you got,” he said.

Feeney led the UW with 17.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks, ranking him third in the Pac-12 in both, according to his school. He was also tied for the Pac-12 lead with three forced fumbles. This past season, he was twice named the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Week. His 40-yard dash time of 4.5-second was second-fastest among linebackers at the NFL combine.

In 2011, Feeney was selected by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Baseball, but didn’t sign.

This story has been updated to reflect current statistics released by the University of Washington.

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