Bud Dupree missed the first two days of Steelers' rookie minicamp this past weekend, but he had a very good excuse — he was graduating from the University of Kentucky.
Dupree, who walked in the ceremony with a Steelers logo affixed to his graduation cap, fulfilled a promise he made to his mother by graduating, making for an extra special Mother's Day weekend.
"Graduation was great," Dupree told Steelers.com. "I am happy to have gone through it, to be finished with school. It was four years of hard work and I finally got it done. It was a great experience, something you never get to do again unless you go back to graduate school. Having my diploma is something I can use whenever I need to. You can now tell your kids someday to go finish school. It felt great."
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Dupree couldn't do much celebrating once the ceremony was over. He had to hop on a flight back to Pittsburgh to be at practice Sunday morning.
"I knew it was time to get to work," said Dupree. "I was tired when I got in. I was tired, but you have to get over it. It was a whirlwind, but I got it done. I am happy to have it over with and now working hard on my football career."