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Mitch Trubisky has big shoes to fill with replacing a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger. Of course, that's if he beats out first-round pick Kenny Pickett for the starting job. And being that Pickett is a Pitt product, that enhances the pressure even more for Trubisky. If Trubisky wins the battle and struggles early on, the locals will be screaming for Pickett to start.
At OTAs this past week, Trubisky said the Steelers didn't tell him that they were going to draft a quarterback in the first round when he signed a two-year deal in March, but he knew it was a possibility.
With many fans expecting or hoping Kenny Pickett to start sooner rather than later, Trubisky is embracing the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw.
“It’s special,” Trubisky said via Mike Prisuta of WDVE. “You look at the two Hall-of-Famers they have here, Terry Bradshaw and then Ben Roethlisberger, coming here you’re trying to be that next guy and just carry on that legacy. I think there’s just so much respect for the tradition here and the type of football we play and the players that have come through here, not only at the quarterback position but Hall-of-Famers across the board.
“It definitely means something playing in Pittsburgh, being a Steeler and being a Steelers quarterback.”
At the first day of voluntary OTAs on Tuesday, 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.”