Another former Kansas State Wildcat football player is preparing for Sunday’s AFC conference championship game. Andale, Kansas native B.J. Finney is one win away from a trip to the Super Bowl with the Pittsburg Steelers.
Fans typically focus on the playmakers, the ball carriers and wide receivers. The big guys in the middle get overlooked. You know the name of Jordy Nelson with the Packers.
At 6’ 4” tall and 318 pounds, B.J. Finney is difficult to miss and if you bleed purple, you remember him.
He was an undrafted rookie free agent offensive lineman in 2015.
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While at Kanas State, Finney was recognized as one of the top offensive linemen in the country.
He is one of just three players in school history to earn all-conference honors in all four years of his career.
He started a Kansas State record 52-straight games. His is also the first offensive lineman in school history and fifth player overall to be named a team captain three times.
Finney spent last year on the Steelers’ practice squad. He was active but did not play in Pittsburgh’s 18-16 victory at ice, cold Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City last Sunday.
During his first season on the active roster, Finney saw time in 13 games with regular-season starts against the Chiefs, Buffalo and Cleveland.
On September 25, Finney saw action at left guard for the first time in his career, filling in for injured G Ramon Foster against the Philadelphia Eagle.
In October, he made his first career start against the Chiefs in place of the injured Foster.
On that Sunday, Finney was part of an offensive line that helped block for QB Ben Roethlisberger’s 300 yards passing and five touchdowns. Steeler running back Le’Veon Bell also ran for 144 yards in the 43-14 victory over Kansas City.
In November, the versatile Finney filled in at Center for the injured Maurkice Pouncey.
Last month at Buffalo, Finney started in place of Foster again and was part of an offensive line that helped block for Bell to rush for a team record 236 yards. The offensive line that day allowed zero sacks.
He may not start but keep and eye on #67. B.J. Finney has found a home with the Steelers.
They travel to New England for the AFC Championship on Sunday.