The Steelers made the long-anticipated quarterback change Sunday, benching Mitch Trubisky at halftime in favor of rookie Kenny Pickett.

Kenny Pickett : Steelers | Stats | College | Grandfather

Kenneth Shane Pickett is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

Kenny Pickett : Steelers | Stats | College | Grandfather

Personal information
Born: June 6, 1998 (age 24)
Ocean Township, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
    High school:       Ocean Township
College: Pittsburgh (2017–2021)
NFL Draft: 2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20

He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, where he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as a senior, and was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Various journalists scrutinized Pickett prior to the draft for the size of his hands, measured at 8½ inches, believing it could make him more prone to fumbling the ball.

Kenny Pickett Steelers 

The Steelers made the long-anticipated quarterback change Sunday, benching Mitch Trubisky at halftime in favor of rookie Kenny Pickett at Acrisure Stadium. The result was a 24-20 loss to the New York Jets and a huge quarterback dilemma for coach Mike Tomlin.

Kenny Pickett : Steelers | Stats | College | Grandfather

Tomlin was noncommittal on his Week 5 starter, creating the potential for a permanent switch to Pickett, who sparked the Steelers (1-3) in the third quarter before throwing two interceptions in the final 3 minutes, 34 seconds of the game.

“I’m not going to talk extended as we sit here,” Tomlin said after his team blew a 20-10 lead in its second straight loss at home. “We did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position to win the game. We’ll do it again. But I’d like to just keep it where we were in terms of what transpire here today. We’ll deal with next week, next week.”

Tomlin said he made the switch because “we needed a spark. We didn’t do much in the first half, not enough offensively, and thought he could provide a spark for us.”

The Steelers trailed 10-6 at the half. During halftime, Tomlin approached Trubisky in the locker room and, according to the veteran quarterback, said simply, “Eight’s in.”

The 66,578 in attendance roared when Pickett entered the game with 13:53 remaining in the third quarter. The Steelers moved the ball to the Jets’ 49, but Pickett — on his first NFL pass — threw the first of three interceptions.

Kenny Pickett stats

Pickett made his NFL Debut in the second half of a Week 4 loss against the New York Jets after starter Mitchell Trubisky was benched.

He completed 10 of 13 passes for 120 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions in the 24–20 loss. 

Kenny Pickett : Steelers | Stats | College | Grandfather

Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2022
Passing attempts: 13
Passing completions: 10
         Completion percentage:            76.9%        
TD–INT: 0–3
Passing yards: 120
Passer rating: 65.1
Rushing yards: 15
Rushing touchdowns: 2

On his first career pass attempt, Pickett threw a deep ball to Chase Claypool that bounced off his hands and was intercepted by Jordan Whitehead.

In his second drive, Pickett scrambled into the end zone for his first ever touchdown in his NFL career. On October 4, 2022, Pickett was named the starter by head coach Mike Tomlin.

In his first career start against the Buffalo Bills, Pickett completed 34 of 51 passes for 327 yards and an interception in the 38-3 loss.


Pickett spent most of his true freshman season at Pittsburgh in 2017 as a backup to Max Browne and Ben DiNucci.

He started his first career game in Pittsburgh’s final game of the season against the second ranked Miami Hurricanes.

Kenny Pickett : Steelers | Stats | College | Grandfather

College statistics
Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Yds Pct TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2017 4 1 1–0 39 66 509 59.1 1 1 125.8 26 98 3.6 0
2018 14 14 7–7 180 310 1,969 58.1 12 6 120.3 117 220 1.9 3
2019 12 12 7–5 289 469 3,098 61.6 13 9 122.4 95 110 1.2 2
2020 9 9 6–3 203 332 2,408 61.1 13 9 129.6 81 145 1.8 8
2021 13 13 11–2 334 497 4,319 67.2 42 7 165.3 98 233 2.4 5
Career  52 49 32–17 1,045 1,674 12,303 62.4 81 32 136.3 417 801 1.9 20

During the team’s upset victory, he completed 18 of 29 passes for 193 yards with a touchdown and also rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall, for the season he completed 39 of 66 passes for 509 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Pickett took advantage of his final year of eligibility and broke out as one of the nation’s top players. He recorded 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns setting school records for single season yards and touchdowns as well as career yards and touchdowns.

Pickett was named a first-team All-American and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy finishing in 3rd place.

Pittsburgh won the ACC Championship and finished 11–2 in games Pickett started, the school’s best record since 1976.


Kasey Pickett played soccer at Kutztown. Daughter Alex did the same at East Stroudsburg.

Naturally, Kasey’s son, Kenny, drifted toward the sport, too.

“Tried soccer,” he said. “Didn’t work out too well. I was a little too physical for soccer. We hung that up pretty early.”

Kenny Pickett : Steelers | Stats | College | Grandfather

Pickett was running over too many players on the soccer pitch, probably the first clue to where his athletic ability would lead him. After all, father, Ken, was a Hall of Fame linebacker at Shippensburg.

Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett played football, basketball and baseball at Ocean Township High School in Oakhurst, N.J., and was good at all three.

While today he stands on a 6-foot-3, 220-pound athletic frame, Pickett said, “I was the smallest kid growing up. I had a growth spurt late. You can ask anyone back home I’ve played with. I was always the shooter, wasn’t too much of a dunker. But, now I can throw some down.”

Nice, Kenny, but there’s just one problem: “I don’t think coach (Pat) Narduzzi wants me dunking,” he said.

The last news Narduzzi wants to hear is how his quarterback, who used to enjoy pickup basketball, banged his throwing hand against a rim.

By Rishabh

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