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Steelers’ Kenny Pickett makes historic NFL debut


Kenny Pickett made his NFL debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half of their loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

Pittsburgh’s 2022 first-round draft pick may not have sparked a win for the Steelers, but his two rushing touchdowns put him in an exclusive club that only he occupies.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett meets with reporters after an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

He became the first quarterback to record multiple rushing touchdowns in his first career game. The Jets were still able to get away with a 24-20 victory. Pickett entered the matchup early in the second half in place of Mitchell Trubisky. He threw an interception on his first pitch.

“I’m just disappointed,” he said. “I wanted to go in and get the win. Those are really the emotions. I was just disappointed that we didn’t get the result we worked so hard for.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, #8, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday October 2, 2022, in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, #8, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday October 2, 2022, in Pittsburgh.
(AP Photo/Don Wright)

When he entered the game at Acrisure Stadium, the crowd was quick to root for him.

“I just play ahead,” he said. “That’s something I want to bring to the table. I want that to rub off on everyone. I want us to have an attitude when we’re on the field.”

Pickett went 10-for-13 with 120 passing yards and had 15 rushing yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, #8, battles against the New York Jets during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, #8, battles against the New York Jets during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Pittsburgh.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn’t make a decision on who would start in Week 5. He said Pickett did “some good things” but lamented the team’s turnovers.

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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