‘I feel sorry for that’
Former Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was completely transparent when discussing how he felt watching rookie Kenny Pickett under center last season.
Roethlisberger officially hangs up his cleats after the 2021 campaign, finishing his career with two Super Bowl victories, six Pro Bowls, Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and the most wins by a Steelers quarterback in franchise history with 166. ended up
However, with Roethlisberger calling it quits, Pittsburgh had to reset at the most important position.
But on his “Footballin Podcast,” with Pickett as a special guest, Roethlisberger gave his honest thoughts on his successor leading the offense.
“I’m definitely going to be transparent about it. I’m going to have a blast, I probably shouldn’t say that,” Roethlisberger said. “In the beginning, I didn’t want you to succeed. … That’s selfish of me, and I’m sorry for that.”
Trubisky lost the job, however, and Pickett started for the first time in Week 5.
The Steelers committed to developing Pickett as the starter for the rest of the season, though he missed Week 14 with an injury.
He finished his rookie campaign 7-6 as a starter with 2,404 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.
This season, Steelers GM Omar Khan has said Pickett is his starter heading into camp.
However, Trubisky was signed to an extension and Mason Rudolph was brought back to round out the quarterbacks room.
Pickett is no Roethlisberger, but Big Ben is now rooting for his success.