Amy Paternoster gave her fiancé, Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, some love during the team’s “Ladies Night” this week.
In a post shared to Instagram on Wednesday, Paternoster – who announced her engagement to the 24-year-old rookie in January – is seen lifting a cardboard cutout of Pickett into the air before playfully pecking it on the cheek.
“We love our @steelers,” Paternoster captioned the post, to which Pickett cheekily replied, “Love it when you lift me up like that.”
Pickett, the 20th overall pick in the NFL Draft this year, is currently behind starter Mitch Trubisky, who signed a two-year contract with Pittsburgh in March.
Although Trubisky and the Steelers opened the season with a win over the Bengals in Cincinnati, the team fell to the Patriots last weekend in their home opener, prompting “Kenny” chants from the crowd. Former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says the treatment Trubisky, 28, has received from fans lately is unfair.
“They started singing ‘Kenny’ and I don’t think it’s fair that it happened to Mitch today because I wouldn’t blame Mitch for the performance today,” Roethlisberger recently said on the “Footbahlin with Ben Roethlisberger” podcast. .
Trubisky started Thursday’s AFC North showdown against the Browns, throwing for 207 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the 29-17 loss.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he was staying with Trubisky as a starter.
Just as Paternoster has supported Pickett throughout the season, Trubisky’s wife, Hillary, has also encouraged the quarterback.
To commemorate the Steelers’ 1-0 start, Hillary – who married Trubisky last July – posted an adorable photo with the couple’s newborn son, Hudson.
Trubisky and Hillary welcomed baby Hudson in May.
New York Post