Mar 29, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) shakes hands with Pittsburgh Steelers former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right) before the game against the New York Rangers at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger honored at Penguins game

March 30, 2022

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

Following the Pittsburgh Steelers getting eliminated in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement from the NFL. All 18 of his 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 on Tuesday night. All of the players skated on the ice for warmups wearing Roethlisberger’s name and his No. 7 on the back of their sweaters. The honors continued, as the now-retired quarterback dropped the ceremonial puck before the game.

Penguins honor retired Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger during game

Roethlisberger even dropped back for an attempted pass for the puck drop.

Through his near two-decade run in the Steel City, Roethlsiberger threw for 64,088 yards, 418 touchdowns and 211 interceptions. The quarterback led the Steelers to the Super Bowl three times during his tenure, and brought back two Lombardi Trophies.

The Steelers entered their first offseason without Roethlisberger on their quarterback depth chart. Even though the team did have Mason Rudolph under contract, they did sign Mitchell Trubisky, former second-overall pick in 2017 by the Chicago Bears.

Despite the fact that Trubisky was signed to a two-year contract, the team has been spotted scouting the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft class. But, with the team holds the 20th-overall pick, and may have to trade up 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 PPG Paints Arena.