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Kenny Pickett Says Goodbye to Pittsburgh in Instagram Post



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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, Aug. 19, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett thanked the city of Pittsburgh for his time in the Steelers city in a post on Instagram on Sunday, two days after he was traded from the Steelers to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pickett came to Pittsburgh in 2017 as a member of the Pitt Panthers, playing five collegiate years in the city before the Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

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Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple October 3, 2020 David Hague/PSN

By trading him to the Eagles, the Steelers sent the Ocean Township, New Jersey native back to the team that he rooted for growing up. Pickett also posted a picture of himself as a kid, holding a Donovan McNabb Eagles jersey.

“Thank you, Pittsburgh!” Pickett wrote. “I came to this city 7 years ago and my life changed forever. Grateful for all of the amazing people I was fortunate enough to cross paths with, and for all of those who supported me along the way. I made life-long friendships and relationships that I will always cherish. Now, I am honored and excited for the next opportunity in my career – being able to play for the team that helped me find my love for the game as a kid. Go Birds!! 🦅”

Pickett did not mention the Steelers in his farewell. Pickett requested a trade from the team after the Steelers acquired Russell Wilson as a free agent early last week. 

After trading Pickett to the Eagles, the Steelers turned around and got Justin Fields from the Chicago Bears just one day later.