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Tanney's road to NFL shot will go through Pittsburgh

Dan Nolan
04/30/2012
Former Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney may have gone undrafted in the recently completed NFL draft, but at least one team is still interested.

Tanney, the NCAA’s all-time touchdown passing leader, received an invitation, but no contract, from the Pittsburgh Steelers to join them for their rookie minicamp May 4-6. The former Fighting Scot will join the Steelers’ nine draft picks, 12 rookie free agent signees and other invitees for the camp. The draftees and free agent signees include five offensive linemen, two wide receivers and a tight end, but no quarterbacks.
 
Currently, Pittsburgh's depth chart at quarterback shows starter Ben Roethlisberger, with 14-year veteran Charlie Batch and former Oregon star Dennis Dixon as the back-ups.
 
This will not be the first time that a Tanney has linked professional football and a certain heavy metal. After graduating from Monmouth in 2006, Alex's older brother, Mitch, played several seasons in the pros, including an arena league stint with the Alabama Steeldogs.

Alex Tanney finished his collegiate career with 157 TDs and more than 14,000 yards. In 2009, he received the Melberger Award as the nation’s top Division III quarterback. A two-time Gagliardi trophy finalist, he was named an All-American by the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches’ Association following his senior season.