Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger was completely transparent when discussing how he felt seeing rookie Kenny Pickett under the center position last season.
Roethlisberger officially hung up his cleats after the 2021 campaign, finishing his career with 2 Super Bowl victories, 6 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 called out, Pittsburgh had to reassign to the most important position.
But on the “Footbahlin Podcast,” with Pickett as a special guest, Roethlisberger told his real thoughts about his successor who led the crime.
“I will be sure to be transparent about this. “I’m going to get attacked, maybe I shouldn’t say this,” Roethlisberger said. “Early on, I didn’t want you to succeed. … This is selfishness in me, and I feel sorry for it. “
Trubisky ended up losing the job, and Pickett ended up starting for the first time in Week 5.
The Steelers committed to developing Pickett as a starter for the rest of the season, though he missed Week 14 with an 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 is their starter on the way to camp.
However, Trubisky was signed to an extension and Mason Rudolph was brought back to complete quarterback room.
Beckett isn’t a Roethlisberger, but Big Ben is rooting for his success now.