Rookie TE Freiermuth says having widespread support as a Steeler is favorite part of being with team

PITTSBURGH — Channel 11′s Jenna Harner got the chance to sit down with Steelers rookie Tight End Pat Freiermuth recently. She asked him what his favorite part was about being a Steelers, and Freiermuth said that the having the support of everyone is his favorite part. But he wasn’t always a fan of Pittsburgh.

“I grew up hating (Ben) Roethlisberger because I was a Patriots fan growing up in Massachusetts,” said Freiermuth. “But I’ve learned to obviously put that hatred away and like the guy.”

It’s something Freiermuth thought of when he got the call from Mike Tomlin on draft night. Freiermuth said, “Just thinking about my friends back home and how we would boo them especially in the AFC Championship game…So it’s definitely weird just seeing the past and the present now and just how different they are.”

Needless to say, their relationship is much better now that Freiermuth is in the black and gold, and learning the finer parts of the game from Big Ben. “We have a great relationship so far, and I think I was definitely nervous coming in, obviously coming in to a hall of fame quarterback,” said Freiermuth. “He’s been great embracing me and making sure I feel part of the organization.”

As for the Muuuuth chants, Freiermuth said, “It’s awesome. I feed off that energy…It gets me going and it gets me playing a little harder.”

Freiermuth knows the origin of the chant, from the Heeeath chants for Heath Miller. Freiermuth recently had the chance to meet Miller, and is learning from the Steelers legend.

“Just meeting him and just kind of hearing him and talking in person for the first time and just kind of his input and everything like that,” said Freiermuth.

Freiermuth also told Harner that he credits Art Rooney Ii, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin with building the foundation of the team, and setting the expectations.