Ben Roethlisberger, the former quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was recognized at a Penguins game.
During Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins paid tribute to recently retired Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement from the NFL after the Pittsburgh Steelers were ousted in the wild card round of the playoffs. He spent his whole 18-year career with the Steelers, who drafted him 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft.
On Tuesday night, the Penguins, Pittsburgh’s NHL franchise, paid tribute to Roethlisberger during their game against the New York Rangers.
Roethlisberger’s name and No. 7 were emblazoned on the backs of all of the players’ sweaters as they warmed up on the ice. The honors continued before the game, as the now-retired quarterback dropped the ceremonial puck.
The Penguins honor retired Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger during the game
For the puck drop, Roethlisberger even dipped back for an attempted pass.
Roethlisberger passed for 64,088 yards, 418 touchdowns, and 211 interceptions in his nearly two-decade career in Pittsburgh. At the Steelers, he led them to three Super Bowl appearances and two Lombardi Awards.
Roethlisberger was removed from the Steelers’ quarterback depth chart for the first time this offseason. Despite having Mason Rudolph under contract, the team signed Mitchell Trubisky, the Chicago Bears’ former second-round pick, in 2017.
Despite Trubisky’s two-year contract, the organization has been seen scouting the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft class. However, with the 20th overall pick, the team may have to move up to obtain Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett if those are the players they want.
The Penguins paid tribute to Roethlisberger at PPG Paints Arena while the Steelers look for a long-term replacement.