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Steelers Add Beanie Bishop as Undrafted Free Agent

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WVU returner Beanie Bishop Jr. after fair catching a punt against UNC in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 27, 2023. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)

Beanie Bishop has been open about playing with a chip on his shoulder. Well, Bishop will now be able to take the extra motivation of being passed on by every NFL team. Bishop waited and never heard his name called. Fortunately for the WVU All-America, he will get his chance with the Steelers, who signed him as an undrafted free agent. Bishop reunites with the Zach Frazier in Pittsburgh.

Beanie Bishop came to West Virginia in 2023 knowing it was his last chance to prove he’s an NFL level player. And Bishop did that and then some in his lone season for the Mountaineers.

However, Bishop’s success at WVU was not enough to earn him an invite to the NFL Combine, something that added more fuel to his fire. But for a player who told WV Sports Now that he know he’s elite when the ball is in the air, Bishop is hoping one NFL team will give him an opportunity to carry that chip on his shoulder to the professional ranks and see how far his confidence and skills can take him.

The Louisville, Ky. native, who was a star at Western Kentucky before failing to make an impact in the Big Ten at Minnesota, helped swing momentum in big games for WVU, most notably in a Backyard Brawl win over Pitt. Bishop made 67 total tackles, deflected 20 passes, picked off four and even returned a punt for an historic touchdown in a bowl victory.

All in all, Bishop made the most of his time as a Mountaineer. In fact, he will forever be part of West Virginia history despite only playing one season at WVU. Bishop was named the program’s 13th consensus All-American for his 2023 season.

Click here for Bishop’s complete draft profile.

NFL Draft Profile for Beanie Bishop: An All-American Who Refuses to Fail

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