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New Steelers QB Reveals Uniform Number



Steelers Penn State QB Trace McSorley
Penn State's Trace McSorley (9) during third quarter action of the Nittany Lions game with Illinois. No. 10/9 Penn State defeated Illinois, 63-24, Friday night in Memorial Stadium in the Big Ten football opener for both teams. Photo by Mark Selders

New Steelers quarterback Trace McSorley was assigned him new uniform number with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former Penn State product will wear No. 4 for the team after signing to their practice squad with Kenny Pickett’s high ankle sprain injury.

This is not a common number worn in Steelers history, so there is that new wrinkle in everything. Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich would be the most notable player to don the number at quarterback. Outside of him, the most noteworthy players to wear the number would be punters Jordan Berry, Dan Stryzinski, and Josh Miller. McSorley is the first player to wear the number since kickers Nick Sciba and Matthew Wright wore the number in 2022.

McSorley, 28, had been with the Chicago Bears practice squad earlier this season but was released on Nov. 21. He also spent time this offseason with the New England Patriots.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Virginia native was a sixth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2019. He spent three seasons in Baltimore and two more with the Arizona Cardinals.

He saw the most extensive playing time of his career in Arizona last year, when he appeared in six games, completing 45 of 83 passes (54.2%) for 412 yards (5.0 yards per attempt), no touchdowns, five interceptions and a 42.8 passer rating.

Mitch Trubisky will start in his place, with Mason Rudolph serving as the club’s backup. The Steelers have had three quarterbacks active for every game this season, so McSorley should probably be expected to be a game-day elevation from the practice squad.

A three-star prospect out of Briar Woods High School in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Ashburn, Virginia, McSorely matriculated to Penn State in 2015. He won the starting job as a sophomore in 2016 and had his best statistical season, when he threw for 3,614 yards and 29 touchdowns while leading the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance.