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Kraig Urbik

Urbik inks deal with Steelers

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Former Hudson and Wisconsin Badger offensive lineman Kraig Urbik signed a three-year contract with the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers last week, according to the team's Web site. Financial terms were not released.

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Urbik, the first of three third-round picks by the Steelers and the 79th selection overall in the 2009 draft, is expected to compete with starter Darnell Stapleton and backup Trai Essex at right guard when the Steelers report to training camp July 31 in Latrobe, Penn.

With Urbik's signing, the Steelers have locked up eight of their nine draft choices. Only first-round pick Ziggy Hood, a defensive end from Missouri, remains unsigned.

The 6-foot-5, 328-pound Urbik played both right guard and right tackle at Wisconsin, where he made 50 career starts for the Badgers.

Urbik played football at Hudson for head coach Craig Jilek, where he started every game while earning first team All-Big Rivers Conference honors as a junior and a senior, and receiving first Team All-State honors as a senior.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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