Ben Roethlisberger offers help to Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett: “He said he’s always there for me”

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Steelers Newcomer quarterback Kenny Pickett will compete with Mitchell Trubisky Other Freemason Rudolph for the starter job in Pittsburgh, and the first-round draft pick has a great “asset” to the competition.

Pickett told reporters Friday that the Steelers quarterback has just retired Ben Roethlisberger recently contacted him to offer his help as Pickett switches to the NFL.

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“He said he’s always there for me if I have any questions or advice,” Pickett said, via the team place. “He’s an incredible player, Hall of Famer. He’s a guy I will definitely use as an asset in the next few weeks here.”

Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers during warm-up for the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, Dec. 4, 2021
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Pickett was the first and only quarterback taken in the first round of the draft last month. He was a prominent figure at the University of Pittsburgh, where he finished the 2021 season with 4,319 passing yards and 42 touchdown passes and was named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

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The 23-year-old marker joins the Steelers, who have been looking for their next QB since Roethlisberger retired after 18 seasons.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger greets fans after a game against the Cleveland Browns on January 3, 2022 in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger greets fans after a game against the Cleveland Browns on January 3, 2022 in Pittsburgh.
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He led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl wins and 12 playoff appearances by earning six Pro Bowl selections. As the 2004 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, he’s someone Pickett can turn to.

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“I think it’s all mental,” Pickett said after Friday’s walk-through. “I know what I have to do, I know the responsibilities of everyone else in attack. Learn new defenses that are in the NFL. There is a lot to do. I am thrilled to be dedicated to this and I am obsessed with trying to be the best I can be and learn as much as possible “.

Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers warms up before a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Heinz Field on October 18 30, 2021, in Pittsburgh.

Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers warms up before a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Heinz Field on October 18 30, 2021, in Pittsburgh.
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The Steelers were 9-7-1 last season and their offense ranked 21st in points scored and 23rd in yards earned.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.