PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Wrestler turned actor ‘The Rock’ would use the phrase ‘know your role’ when performing in the WWE. He would make it a point to his opponents that they know where they stand. Last year Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky really didn’t know his role. Then he did and then it changed. This season it’s clear to Trubisky what he is doing.
In 2022 on the first day of Organized Team Activities, Trubisky took many of the first reps, became the starter, would be replaced after four games. Now after signing a three-year deal to remain, Trubisky knows he’s the backup.
“I just want to come back because me and Kenny have gotten so close,” Trubisky said. “I want to help him in any way I can. Anything I can be for Kenny-a sounding board, an extra coach, extra eyes on the field. I will be there for him and he knows that.”
They worked out together with some of the other Steelers players in February and March. He said the two are very transparent about their feelings. They have honest conversations and even Trubisky’s wife and Pickett’s fiancé have become very close.
“When things go as they went last year and you are pushed into a new role,” Trubisky explained. “You have some personal feelings you have to put aside and you embrace your role to help the team for the common good. That’s what I try to do. People see how I come to work, how I am as a person and teammate. I want this team to win.”
The 28-year-old former first-round pick said contract talks started a couple of weeks ago. It came together quickly. Trubisky said he was all for it and excited about the opportunity, even though he wouldn’t have a shot to start. There was no debate about starting this season.
“It’s the family atmosphere, it’s the teammates, it’s the people,” Trubisky said of why he would sign an extension and not be the starter. “It’s a great fit for me and my family. I love Coach T, Omar, Mr. Rooney and his family. It’s just a special place to be a part of. We got close as teammates last year.”
Trubisky still wants to start. It’s why he came to the Steelers in the first place. Hoping after time backing up Josh Allen in Buffalo he could show again, with more information, what he could do. It didn’t work out the way he had envisioned, but he’s come to peace with this opportunity. The former North Carolina star believes there is still more ahead for him in the game, but for now it’s not about him.
“I love this game,” Trubisky said Tuesday. “It’s always team first for me. Whatever you can do to help the team and being part of a great QB room. It means a lot to me. If I was in the number one spot, I would want those guys to do that for me and I know it would.”
Pickett is firmly the number one and Trubisky said his beloved team and Steeler Nation are in good hands.
“I think he’s just going to continue to progress,” Trubisky said of Pickett. “He’s really getting a hold of this offense. When you go from year one to year two and you are in the same system. You like to think you are steps ahead from last year. This offense is going to continue to evolve, it’s going to take all 11 guys, but Kenny is leading the charge.”