In a game that was pretty much over a few minutes into the second quarter former Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth did everything he could to make it a contest for the home town Steelers, who hosted the vaunted San Francisco 49ers in the season opener.
If nothing else the third year starter showed the world that he certainly isn’t soft.
With the Steelers trailing 20-0 in the waning moments of the the first half the 24 year old Happy Valley alum was laid out by 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga and had to leave the game with a chest injury.
Freiermuth was immediately listed as questionable to return.
But, Freiermuth did return and just five plays later caught a three yard touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett to cut the 49ers lead to 20-7 at the half.
That would be Freiermuth’s only reception of the game as he did not return in the second half.