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Ben Roethlisberger: I Did not Need Steelers’ Kenny Pickett to Reach NFL Early On

Jack MurrayMay 22, 2023Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesKenny Pickett was drafted to be the successor to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t mean the Steelers legend was a fan at first.With Pickett appearing on the latest episode of the Footbahlin with Ben Roethlisberger podcast, Roethlisberger admitted (starting at the 1:30:00 mark) that he wasn’t rooting

Ben Roethlisberger: I Did not Need Steelers’ Kenny Pickett to Reach NFL Early On

Jack MurrayCould 22, 2023

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the New York Jets on October 2, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Kenny Pickett was drafted to be the successor to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, however that does not imply the Steelers legend was a fan at first.

With Pickett showing on the newest episode of the Footbahlin with Ben Roethlisberger podcast, Roethlisberger admitted (beginning on the 1:30:00 mark) that he wasn’t rooting for Pickett to have success instantly as a rookie.

“Early on, I did not need him to succeed ‘trigger I did not need, he adopted me up. I did not need it to occur. I feel that is in all probability the selfishness in me, and I really feel dangerous for it. However because it went on, because the season went on, he obtained like his third recreation taking part in, I used to be rooting for him. I used to be excited for ya. I needed you to succeed. I needed you to win video games. I needed you to get to the playoffs. And so I really feel dangerous that I felt that early on. However I am glad that I transitioned into the love and rooting for ya.”

Regardless of the preliminary ideas, the two-time Tremendous Bowl champion talked about that he owned a Pickett jersey and wears it on recreation days.

“I used to be pleasantly stunned, I am glad that I used to be flawed within the sense of the place I had you,” Roethlisberger mentioned. “I assumed you would be a quarterback that was good, that was going to come back in…I feel you’re the way forward for this workforce. I actually do. And I feel they obtained, you recognize, the followers ought to be fortunate, they’re fortunate they obtained you.”

He added that “it has been enjoyable watching” Pickett and that he’s a “fan.”

Pickett was the twentieth total choose in 2022 and began 12 video games for the Steelers in his rookie season. He went 7-5 as a starter and threw for two,404 yards, seven touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

He can have a protracted strategy to go if he desires to catch the long run Corridor of Famer within the franchise report guide. Roethlisberger is the workforce’s all-time main handed with 64,088 passing yards.

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