Shortly after Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett finished making his NFL debut, he went and texted legendary QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Pickett texted Big Ben, and the legendary is now speaking out about it.
Roethlisberger was discussing this text exchange on the latest episode of his new podcast titled “Footbahlin with Ben Roethlisberger.” Pickett brought up the interceptions he threw on the field and Big Ben told him that it’s nothing to worry about.
“It energized the defense, the fans, the offense. Minkah (Fitzpatrick) gets a pick and then (Pickett) throws an interception on his first pass in the NFL,” Roethlisberger said.
“Someone just corrected me; I thought I threw an interception on my first NFL pass, it was actually the second. I did tell Kenny, ‘I did it too, you’ll be just fine.’ He rushes for two touchdowns, and I think he is beating himself up. He texted me, ‘I’ve got to throw that one away.’ It’s going to be interesting, but I don’t think they can go back (to Trubisky).”
“I think he’s beating himself up a little bit on the last interception. Kenny texted me like, ‘I’ve gotta throw that one away.’ And I’m like, listen. You’re talking to the guy that rarely ever threw a ball away. So just go play with confidence,” Roethlisberger said.
Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that Pickett will start against the Buffalo Bills.
“I thought we needed a spark, man,” Tomlin said, via NFL.com. “We didn’t do much in the first half, not enough offensively, and I thought he could provide a spark for us.”
Pickett completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 120 yards and three interceptions in his regular-season debut, but also rushed for two touchdowns.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.