Ex-Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger honored by Penguin’s game

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The Pittsburgh Penguins honored newly retired Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers.

After the Pittsburgh Steelers were eliminated in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement from the NFL. All of his 18 seasons were played with the Steelers, who selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

The Penguins, Pittsburgh’s NHL team, honored Roethlsiberger during their game against the New York Rangers Tuesday night. All the players skated on the ice for warm-up wearing Roethlisberger’s name and his No. 7 on the back of their jerseys. The honor continued as the now retired quarterback dropped the ceremonial puck before the game.

Penguin’s honors retired Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger during the match

Roethlisberger even fell back for an attempt at delivery to the puck.

Through his nearly two-decade-long run at Steel City, Roethlsiberger threw 64,088 yards, 418 touchdowns and 211 interceptions. The quarterback led the Steelers to the Super Bowl three times during his tenure, bringing back two Lombardi trophies.

The Steelers went into their first offseason without Roethlisberger on their quarterback depth chart. Although the team had Mason Rudolph under contract, they signed Mitchell Trubisky, previously ranked number two in 2017 by the Chicago Bears.

Despite the fact that Trubisky was signed to a two-year contract, the team has been seen scouting for the best quarterback prospects in this year’s draft class. But with the team having the 20th overall pick, it may be necessary to swap to get either Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett if those are the prospects they like.

As the Steelers try to find his long-term replacement, the Penguins honored Roethlisberger at the PPG Paints Arena.

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