The Gillette Clear Gel “Built for Training” program has paired three NFL veterans with rookies as they teach them what it takes to make it in the pros. The six-episode web series will be produced by NFL Films and provide fans with an inside look at the veteran-rookie pairings and their training camp experiences.
Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster knows what it takes to make it in the NFL as an undrafted free agent and now has the opportunity to mentor rookie lineman Mike Golic Jr. The “Built for Training” program provided Bleacher Report with the opportunity check in with Foster and ask him about mentoring a rookie as well as his thoughts on the offense this season.
Here is what Foster had to say.
B/R: You are part of the Gillette Clear Gel “Built for Training” program mentoring Mike Golic Jr. What goes into mentoring a rookie lineman as he begins his NFL career?
RF: There is a lot of hard work that goes into becoming an NFL offensive lineman. You know there’s only seven to nine guys on the roster, you really have to display your talents every day, not just in the game, but in practice.
Mike has done a really good job to this point from the practice that he’s done and what not. He hasn’t got much game time just yet. Just certain situations they want to see other guys, but as a young guy he definitely has it mentally and physically to get it done.
B/R: There will be webisodes that feature scenes from training camp. How have you liked the extra attention from the cameras?
RF: It’s good, it’s an unsung position…I’m happy to have a guy, especially an undrafted guy. It’s definitely something I’ve taken advantage of and to help Mike, it’s really cool.
B/R: Plenty of people expect the Steelers to have a down year. How is that affecting the players' and coaches’ drive and determination?
RF: It doesn’t affect us. I think we’re a self-motivated team. It doesn’t matter until you put those pads on Sunday and Monday night. “The standard is the standard” as Coach T always says.
B/R: There are a number of running backs competing for spots right now and they all run with different styles. What is it like to block for a back like Le’Veon Bell or Jonathan Dwyer versus LaRod Stephens-Howling?
RF: I mean it’s exciting. It’s exciting to see Le'Veon this past weekend. He has some speed and power. It is definitely some excitement about the offense. Dwyer ran well and you can’t forget about Isaac Redman.
Our blocking scheme doesn’t really change up front. We get our job done up front and I think we’ll be very good in the run game.
B/R: Continuity is important for the offensive line. You are the veteran on the line; how has it been taking a leadership role with the rest of the younger linemen?
RF: That is one of the things with the Gillette deodorant program, you know when they came along with this, this was easy for me. We had already done some things like take some guys out for a dinner or stuff like that. The leadership that we have in the room is there. Particularly with such a young group, we’re not afraid to be each other’s critics. We are all critics in that room and we can be good. We know there are a lot of people that say we are young guys, maybe inexperienced and there’s not enough experience, but we are a hard-working group that knows that can get as far as you need.
B/R: A lot has been made about the team sitting down and making adjustments to the offense this offseason. What can we expect from the Steelers offense this year and did you have any input on any changes?
RF: The defense was making plays and we would just get out there and stall. The defense would get a big turnover and we wouldn’t get points from it. We have to answer those turnovers.
We have young guys, but we also have experienced guys here. The receivers are young, there under three years, but they’ve played a lot, so age and experience as an issue, I don’t think so.
B/R: Who on the team most needs the Gillette Clear Gel?
RF: [Laughs] Uh, I don’t know. I will say Mike Golic, man. I think he needs it the most. With that much hair on his face, you think that he might have a body odor. [Laughs]
The Gillette Clear Gel "Built for Training" web series can be seen at www.nfl.com/builtfortraining. The six-episode series has new episodes premiering every Tuesday until September 3.