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Daily Links: Ex-Steelers LB Nearly Retired, Comparing Kenny to Ben



Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett at training camp, Aug. 8, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Myles Jack considered retirement after being released by the Steelers earlier this offseason and not quickly finding other work.

Jack said he considered going to trade school to become an electrician or a plumber before the Philadelphia Eagles called him and signed him to a contract this week.

“I like to work. I couldn’t sit at home,” Jack said to The Athletic. “I’ve been blessed to make a lot of money. I could retire and sit at the house. … I want to be innovative. If a Zombie apocalypse came, I want to be able to build something.”

🏈 Big Ben and Big Ken?

Jamie Erdahl of Good Morning Football was asked to compare a current quarterback to a franchise legend, and picked Steelers quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Kenny Pickett.

“His rookie year, (Roethlisberger) had five comeback wins in the fourth quarter and six game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or over time,” Erdahl said. “Do you remember how Kenny Pickett ended his season last year as a rookie quarterback?”

🎂 Happy 88th birthday to former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle George Demko, born on this date, Aug. 10, 1935 in Pittsburgh.

Demko went to Oliver High School in the city and Appalachian State before joining the Steelers for one game in the 1961 season. The tackle also played for and coached the Ohio Valley Ironmen in the Continental Football League.

🎥 Steelers general manager Omar Khan joked about his many years at St. Vincent College during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show.

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Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pat Narduzzi sounds off on recent realignment in college football.

West Virginia Sports Now: Neal Brown provides insight into quarterback battle.

Nittany Sports Now: Two Penn State running backs have been named to the Doak Walker Trophy watch list.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Could Pitt’s Randy Waldrum be the next USWNT coach?

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