Updated: May 29, 2022
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Kenny Pickett revealed nearly two weeks ago at rookie minicamp that Ben Roethlisberger called him and told him if he needs anything don't hesitate to call. And Pickett isn't the only Steelers' quarterback that Roethlisberger has touched base with. At the first day of voluntary OTAs on Tuesday, Mitch Trubisky told reporters that he and his wife, Hillary, were invited to Roethlisberger’s house for dinner a couple weeks ago.
“It was so nice of him to open his house and have dinner with him and just have those conversations and get to know him," Trubisky said. "For him to allow me to get to know him and pick his brain and talk about what it means to be the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it really meant a lot to me.”
It's unclear if Roethlisberger has spoke to Mason Rudolph at all since retiring. However, given that it appeared that they never had a close relationship, it seems doubtful. Roethlisberger and Rudolph didn't even communicate with each other when Roethlisberger was out with COVID during the season. Not even a text.
Roethlisberger infamously wasn't happy when the Steelers selected Rudolph in the third round in 2018, as he went on 93.7 The Fan and said he was surprised the Steelers went with a quarterback in the third round because they need help to win now.
"I was surprised when they took a quarterback, because I thought that maybe in the third-round, you know, you can get some really good football players that can help this team now," Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan back in 2018. "And nothing against Mason. I think he’s a great football player. I don’t know him personally, but I’m sure he’s a great kid.
"I just don’t know how backing up or being the third guy, who knows where he’s going to fall on the depth chart, helps us win now. But, that’s not my decision to make. That’s on the coaches and the GM and owner, and those kinds of things. So, if they feel like he can help our team, so be it, but I was a little surprised."
Welcome to the Steelers, Mason Rudolph ...