Kenny Pickett had his first success with the Pittsburgh Steelers in his first-ever NFL preseason game.
The former Pitt Panther finished the game with 13 completions for 95 yards and two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks.
One of his killer shots was a 24-yard strike off Tyler Vaughns that won the game for Pittsburgh, 32-25.
This performance should turn a lot of heads for Pickett who was widely discussed earlier in the offseason due to his hand size.
But while he will now play for the team that shared the same field with his college team, he made a startling revelation, shared by Steelers Radio Network host Gerry Dulac.
Kenny Pickett said he never saw the Steelers play while at Pitt. “I’ve been here so long and I’ve never been able to watch a Steelers game. The first one I have as an NFL player, ending up like this in this stadium with lots of family and friends was awesome.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 14, 2022
Dulac tweeted, ‘Kenny Pickett said he never saw the Steelers play when he was at Pitt. “I’ve been here so long and I’ve never been able to watch a Steelers game. The first one I have as an NFL player, ending up this way in this stadium with lots of family and friends was great. ‘”
Pickett simply didn’t have time to watch the Steelers face off in home games as a college athlete.
In addition to his student responsibilities, he had to attend workouts and put in hours in the weight room.
Main attraction for the Steelers?
The team hopes Pickett will be a worthy successor to longtime champion Ben Roethlisberger.
“Big Ben” retired after 18 seasons in the NFL, but not before bringing two Super Bowls to the proud franchise.
He is also a six-time Pro Bowler and led the league in passing yards twice.
For Pickett, following in Roethlisberger’s footsteps could be a tall order.
But he got off to a good start and Steelers fans are hoping he can keep the momentum going.