Former Steelers CB Mel Blount Arranged Tryout For New WR C.J. Goodwin

How does a small college wide receiver that only caught 11 passes for 131 yards in 2013 get signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers? It probably helps if you know somebody with a little bit of pull and that appears to be the case with former California University wide receiver C.J. Goodwin.

Goodwin, who was signed on Wednesday by the Steelers, was able to get a tryout thanks to Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount making a call for him, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Goodwin apparently has worked for Blount at the Mel Blount Youth Home located in Claysville, PA dating back to 2008, according to his LinkedIn page. While working at the home, Goodwin spent time as a farm hand and a counselor.

While Blount was able to get Goodwin a tryout with the Steelers, the young wide receiver still had to prove himself and he apparently did.

At the 2014 NFL Super Regional combine in Detroit, Goodwin reportedly ran a 4.41 40-yard-dash and had a vertical jump of 40 inches.

  • Crowned

    It’s good to network.

  • James Kling

    Forget Goodwin, sign Blount. I’m bettin’ the old guy can still ball!

  • Kurt Williams

    If Mel Blount says so, it’s so.

  • Ken

    As I said it was a favor to someone!

  • Matt Manzo

    …and he’s over 6ft tall!

  • pittsburghjoe

    He sounds like a good person. I am glad to hear he got a break and hope he makes the most of it.

  • colingrant

    It’s not what you know, but who you know!

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    the kid is 6’3 runs a 4.41 forty and has a 40 inch vertical if he can learn the game he could be a steal