May 1, 2016
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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.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.