“I’m sorry about that”
Former Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was completely transparent when he explained how he felt seeing rookie Kenny Pickett under center last season.
Roethlisberger officially hung up his boots after the 2021 campaign, ending his career with two Super Bowl wins, six Pro Bowls, offensive rookie of the year in 2004 and the most wins by a Steelers quarterback in franchise history with 166.
However, with Roethlisberger calling him, Pittsburgh had to reset to the most important position.
But on his “Footbahlin Podcast,” with Pickett as a special guest, Roethlisberger spoke his true thoughts on his successor as offensive helmer.
“I’m going to be sure transparent about it. I’m going to blow myself up, I probably shouldn’t say that,” Roethlisberger said. “At first, I didn’t want you to succeed. … It’s selfishness in me, and I’m sorry about that.
Trubisky ended up losing his job and Pickett ended up starting for the first time in Week 5.
The Steelers are committed to developing Pickett as a starter for the remainder of the season, although he missed Week 14 through injury.
He ended up going 7-6 as a starter with 2,404 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions during his rookie campaign.
This season, Steelers general manager Omar Khan said Pickett was their starter before camp.
However, Trubisky was signed for an extension and Mason Rudolph was brought back to complete the quarter room.
Pickett is no Roethlisberger, but Big Ben is now looking for his success.
New York Post