Football’s transition from compelling weekly theater to this elongated Steelers offseason was not exactly the smoothest on record, maybe you’ve noticed; if there’s a metaphor available, it might involve one of those gasoline tankers hurtling off a highway overpass and transitioning to a fireball.
But hey, nobody died. In fact, with the story of the 2018 Steelers packed away in bubble-wrapped layers of what-if’s and yeah-but’s, at least one of the Steelers can get on with the good stuff. There are very few athletes anywhere on the sportscape whose offseasons are more interesting than their on-seasons, but Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs is assuredly one.
I asked Dobbs if that was a fair statement.
“I think so,” he said. “Me and my mom were going over my schedule a few weeks ago, and I was like, ‘Mom, we gotta chill out,’ because I was getting tired just looking at it. But it’s all fun, some good opportunities for me and I get a chance to be around stuff I truly enjoy, whether it’s being at NASA or the community stuff I do or just general travel, it’s fun.”
Yes, he said NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.