LATROBE, Pa. — Of all the big names on the Steelers roster, the player who stood out the most to the crowd during Pittsburgh’s last training camp practice was punter Pressley Harvin III. Harvin, entering his second season with the Steelers, got the crowd going after kicking a punt that traveled 60 to 70 yards.
Big drives are synonymous with Latrobe, the home of golfing legend Arnold Palmer and his golf course, Latrobe Country Club, located just down the road from where the Steelers host training camp. On Thursday, just after the Steelers wrapped up their final day of training camp, Harvin told CBS Sports that he and some of his teammates played a game at Arnold’s course during camp.
“It’s like high-level golf there,” Harvin said. “And being from South Carolina, Arnold Palmer’s sweet tea, we have this sweet tea every day. It was a really good time.”
Harvin, who stayed mostly in Pittsburgh this past offseason, decided to try golf while playing with Steelers long snapper Christian Kuntz. Harvin says he’s not the best golfer, but he’s pretty happy with one aspect of his game.
“Honestly, I can hit a pitching wedge 150 yards,” he said. “The pitching wedge is my favorite club.”
Along with finding a new way to bond with his teammates, Harvin said golf has helped him prepare for the upcoming season. Harvin sees several similarities between what it takes to be successful on the course as well as on the football field.
“I think the biggest thing that kind of helped me with the punt was just trying to find the same golf swing, and the same thing trying to find the same swing with the punt clearance,” he said. “You work muscle memory so much with practice that the moment you step into a game or onto a course, it’s natural for you.
“It goes hand in hand. I noticed a few weeks ago on film that instead of my leg going straight up, it was going in a little bit. It’s little things like that, and you have to try to criticize you on a very small and minute level.”
Harvin said there were several golf shots similar to the punts he was asked to execute on Sunday.
“It depends on what part of the pitch you’re on,” he said. “The open field is definitely like a driver. A punt is like a chip shot with a 60 corner or something. … There’s a really a lot of correlation between them.”
Besides golf, the 2020 Ray Guy Award winner has implemented other things outside of football into his off-season training regimen. It’s clear from his appearance during camp that the things Harvin has implemented in his regiment have already started to pay off.
“This offseason, I just told myself that I had to find consistency on and off the field,” Harvin said. “I have a straight mind, my mind is good, I got in shape, I feel good, the leg swings quite well. I just try to find a constant swing every time and leave that memory muscle work for me.”
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The 2021 season has been both a physical and emotional test for Harvin, whothe year he lost two close family members in two weeks. Despite his personal tries, Harvin went on and had arguably his best game of the year in the wildcard round of the AFC playoffs. He made seven punts and averaged nearly 50 yards per punt in the Steelers’ final game of the season.
Harvin has lofty goals as he continues to prepare for the 2022 regular season. More so, he wants to play his part in helping the Steelers return to the playoffs for the third straight year.
“Every time I’m on the field I want to put the defense in the best possible position and rack up those three points every time I have to come out to score field goals,” Harvin said. “The individual things are I want to be top five in the league this year in punting, because punting is where you win games.”