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Kenny Pickett on Ben Roethlisberger: 'He's a fan now'

Field Level Media
24 May 2023, 03:55 GMT+10

Kenny Pickett took the high road on Tuesday when asked about retired Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's recent comments in which he initially didn't wish him well.

"Early on I didn't want you to succeed because you followed me up. I didn't want it to happen," Roethlisberger said to Pickett on his recent podcast, "Footbahlin with Ben Roethlisberger."

"I think that's probably the selfishness of me, and I feel bad for it."

Roethlisberger admitted he quickly moved past those feelings, and Pickett acknowledged Tuesday that it's water under the bridge.

"He's honest, he's upfront about it and he's a fan now," Pickett said, per Sports Illustrated. "... So I think we're just going to continue to build on that relationship and reach out if I have any questions. I'm excited to go into year two with another guy in my corner."

The Steelers began the season with veteran Mitch Trubisky at quarterback, then turned to Pickett as the starter in Week 5. Pickett, the No. 20 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, was 7-5 as a starter.

Pickett, 24, completed 245 of 389 passes for 2,404 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games last season. He also rushed 5 times for 237 yards and three scores.

--Field Level Media

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