The Pittsburgh Steelers tonight tabbed Tuitt with the 14th selection in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft (No. 46 overall), far lower than he was projected as a future NFL'er at this point last May, but commensurate with recent mock drafts and reports regarding the two-time Notre Dame Lineman of the Year.
Tuitt finished his career with 21.5 sacks, third all-time at the program behind Justin Tuck (24.5) and Kory Minor (22.5). Tuitt's 12 sacks in the 2012 season ranks second behind Tuck's 13.5 (2004) as the highest single-season total in program history.
He finished his Irish career with 127 tackles, 25 for lost yardage, with five passes defended, four forced fumbles (the most by any Notre Dame defender during his tenure), with one fumble recovery, one interception, and one blocked kick. Tuitt scored on both his fumble recovery and interception.
His selection at No. 46 was the highest for a Notre Dame defensive lineman since Renaldo Wyn was picked No. 21 overall in the 1997 NFL Draft.
Said Tuitt of his opportunity in the Steel City:
"Oh my gosh it's exciting. It's a blessing to be part of this defense, and tremendous. I can't wait to get there tomorrow and help this team and be part of an organization…"