LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon finally got to go back to work on Thursday.
Colon and the 14 other veteran free agents who signed with the Steelers raced onto the field at Saint Vincent College shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, moments after the NFL Players Association ratified the new collective bargaining agreement that allowed the league year to begin.
Colon said he felt like a little kid when he slid on his shoulder pads for the first time in nearly 14 months. Colon missed the entire 2010 season with a torn Achilles' tendon. He re-signed with the Steelers last week, agreeing to a five-year, $29-million deal.
The 28-year-old said he was offered more money to play elsewhere but felt there was unfinished business with the defending AFC champions.