C.J. Goodwin might have played football at California (Pa.) last year, but the Steelers practice squad receiver refuses to recognize that was the case – especially after what transpired last week just off campus that’s located 35 miles south of the Steelers practice facility.
That’s where six Cal U football players severely beat a man to the point that he suffered life-threatening injuries after police said he stepped in to defend his girlfriend, who is a student at the university, outside a bar.
Goodwin, who played only one semester at Cal, said that he can distance himself from the university since he was there for only a couple months.
“I graduated from Fairmont State so I am going to stick with that,” Goodwin said.
Goodwin played only 11 games and spent around six months at the school. He got on the field sparingly and caught only 11 passes before eventually getting a tryout with the Steelers on the recommendation of Hall of Famer Mel Blount.
Goodwin made the Steelers 90-man offseason roster after the tryout and was able to catch on with the practice squad after being released in August.
Goodwin admitted things got “wild and crazy” at Cal when he was there because “there was nothing to do up there.”
“But geez, we never did anything like that,” Goodwin said. “That’s just not right. That’s ridiculous. I am actually glad that they cancelled that game.”
Cal decided to forfeit last week’s home game against Gannon despite being ranked 19th by D2Football.com. Cal will resume play Saturday at Mercyhurst.