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October 17, 2021

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Former UNLV RB Summers headed to Pittsburgh for pre-draft visit

Frank Summers, who gained 2,070 yards from scrimmage in his two seasons in the UNLV backfield, was back out at Rebel Park watching Wednesday afternoon's spring practice.

Of all things, he was wearing a pair of TCU practice shorts he got from a teammate at the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game back in January.

His excuse? Well, they were the last clean pair of shorts he had left before doing laundry upon his return home.

You'd better believe he'll be cleaning his best duds with an important trip to Pittsburgh lined up for Thursday morning.

The defending Super Bowl champs -- who worked out Summers extensively and left last month's UNLV Pro Day more than impressed -- will host the Oakland, Calif., native for a visit through Friday night.

"I'm pretty much done with my working out part, all the scouts were able to see what I'm able to do here," Summers said. "Basically just meet the GM, coaching staff, owners, do some off-the-board stuff and that's it, pretty much, just see if it's a good fit for them as well as myself.

"I'm excited, but then we've got a whole other process as far as draft day, so I'm just looking forward and blessed for the opportunity, but at the same time I'm not gonna get too excited and I'll wait to see what happens and it'll all hit me once my phone rings on draft day, hopefully."

It would come as a shock to few if the Steelers had some good news for Summers over draft weekend -- April 25-26. They sent two scouts and running backs coach Kirby Wilson to Rebel Park last month for the open workout. They threw the burly back several passes out of the backfield after watching him run a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash and show a 34.5-inch vertical leap. Then, he put up 30 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.

Four other visits are more than likely for Summers, he said, including San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and Indianapolis, who just contacted him regarding a trip on Wednesday afternoon.

While Summers will be happy to go anywhere, Oakland's interest is extra special to him.

"I've had Raiders season tickets since high school, so that'd be a good thing if that was able to happen," he said. "I grew up (a Raiders fan), I left the games with a couple headaches the last couple years, so if anything, I'd like that to be changed, go back to 2002 when they went to the Super Bowl. The Raiders have always been my team, I always imagined myself walking out of that tunnel with that music and that wild of a crowd."

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