Ben Roethlisberger Proved Reports of 'Bad Blood' With Steelers Were Overblown

Former NFL QB Ben Roethlisberger has proved that reports of any 'bad blood' with the Pittsburgh Steelers were overblown.
Former NFL QB Ben Roethlisberger has proved that reports of any 'bad blood' with the Pittsburgh Steelers were overblown. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reported earlier this week that recently retired NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had some "bad blood" with the Steelers organization. The future Hall of Famer has since proved that any rumors regarding the topic are completely overblown.

Freshley drafted Steelers QB Kenny Pickett revealed on Friday that Roethlisberger has been reaching out and helping him with his transition to the NFL. If 'Big Ben' really had any bad blood with the organization, chances are he wouldn't be helping the 23-year-old rookie develop.

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Pickett that Roethlisberger is "always there for me if I have any questions or advice" and that he's going to go back to the Steelers all-time great as much as possible for advice going forward.

It'd be hard to find anyone better to help Pickett with his transition in Pittsburgh. After all, Roethlisberger is the Steelers' all-time leader in just about every QB-related stat, including completions (5,440), passing yards (64,088) and touchdowns (418).

Dulac reported that the rumored bad blood came from the Steelers allegedly wanting to move on from Roethlisberger one year earlier than he retired. However, the latter had nothing but great things to say about the organization in his retirement speech, which made the rumors even more questionable.

The Steelers are in a better place as long as they have a working relationship with Roethlisberger. He was the face of the franchise for nearly two decades and could play a key role in Pickett becoming a legitimate starting quarterback.

It'll be interesting to see if Roethlisberger's relationship with the rookie QB pays off. Pickett is currently the +500 favorite to be named 2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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