He kept on playing through injuries and brought two Super Bowls to the franchise.
But the show must go on even if he has retired after 18 seasons.
That said, the Steelers have three options to choose from.
Mason Rudolph was Roethlisberger’s backup last season.
Meanwhile, they made Kenny Pickett the only quarterback selected in round one of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Finally, they brought in former Chicago Bears starter Mitchell Trubisky on a two-year contract.
Head coach Mike Tomlin might have made a decision, as shared by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
#Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced that QB Mitch Trubisky will start in Sunday's preseason game against the #Lions, meaning he's still QB1 as of now despite Kenny Pickett's emergence over the last few weeks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 26, 2022
Rapoport tweeted, “#Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced that QB Mitch Trubisky will start in Sunday’s preseason game against the #Lions, meaning he’s still QB1 as of now despite Kenny Pickett’s emergence over the last few weeks.”
It will be a dress rehearsal for Trubisky as he tries to maintain the Steelers’ winning tradition.
Bringing success to Pittsburgh would bring redemption to him after failing to lead the Bears to a playoff victory.
However, he cannot afford to falter because Pickett is waiting in the wings.
From Panther To Steeler
In this preseason, Pickett has shown that he is a viable option at quarterback behind Trubisky.
The former Pitt Panther finished their preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks with 13 completions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
A week later, he had six completions for 76 yards and a touchdown versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Therefore, he has narrowed the gap between him and Trubisky.
The older quarterback cannot afford to slip up if he wants to keep his role.
However, nothing is permanent but change, and Tomlin may eventually go with Pickett.