Golden still feels at home

Pittsburgh Steeler and former Arizona Wildcat Robert Golden was in Tucson over the weekend. Read on to find out what his thoughts were on the spring game, the new facilities, and more.

It was a rare few days off, but Robert Golden made sure he could stop in Tucson and see his former team wrap up its spring camp. The Pittsburgh Steelers' safety watched the Arizona spring game and was impressed.

"It was cool to be back and see the guys out there playing," Golden said. "It was a good feeling being here in this environment with the new facilities. This is my first time being able to see them. It's pretty cool."

Golden raved about the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, as he finally got to come back and see it.

"I did walk around a bit and I got to see the weight room and the locker room," he said. "It is really nice and it is definitely more than I had when I was here."

One thing that stood out to Golden on the field was the play of the defense. He got to see plenty of the reserves in action, but still liked what he saw.

"The defense looked good during the spring game," Golden said. "The ones only played a few snaps, but the guys looked good out there. They have a lot of young guys out there that can play ball. Hopefully they can put the pieces together and get the job done this season."

Arizona now runs a much different defense than what was in place under the previous coaching staff. Golden admits that the 3-3-5 can be difficult to learn, but can also be beneficial with all of the athletes on the field.

"The 3-3-5 is definitely different from what I played in," he said. "There are more skill players out there on the field. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, but from what I saw today, it looks like it is all working out in their favor."

Being back in Tucson felt natural to the safety, as he was able to see some old friends and talk with the current players on the team.

"It still feels like home to be back here," he said. "I'm not really acclimated with the new staff quite yet, but it is great to be here with the guys and have it feel like it did when I was here.

"I'd definitely like to get to know the coaches and the program better. I know that we all have busy schedules, but when the time is right, I'm sure we will all get together for a good dinner or something like that."

It has been a few years since Rich Rodriguez took the reigns at Arizona, but Golden still remembers how he felt when the program shifted directions.

"I was shocked when I initially heard about Coach Stoops being let go," Golden said. "I know he was just trying to turn the program around and he had some ups and downs. It's hard to turn the program around with the facilities that we had. Now with the new facilities, it's a little easier to turn that corner."

Seeing what Rodriguez has been able to do in the two years that he has been at Arizona has Golden with high hopes for the future of the program.

"The direction of the program is great," he said. "The guys are getting the great experience of going to the bowl games and actually winning those games is even better. This last bowl game, they kind of blew the other guys out of the water. It shows that the program is at least being consistent and it's actually improving from what I can see."

The safety is entering his third season with the Steelers and is enjoying all of his time in the NFL.

"It's been great to be in the NFL," Golden said. "I've been playing my role on special teams and the third down packages. I'm having fun out there.

"The lifestyle is a little different, but I try to stay the same as I have ever been. I go to work every day and work hard. I come home and play some games and kick back. Living on the East Coast with all my family on the West Coast, there's not too much for me to do, except relax with my guys."


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