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Ben Roethlisberger Reportedly Reaches Out To Rookie Mason Rudolph

A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sitting on the field.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Just last week, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got crushed for what he said about incoming rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph. The Steelers selected the former Oklahoma State quarterback in the third round.

Pittsburgh traded up to get Rudolph, a move that Big Ben questioned in a very public manor just a few days ago.

The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback said he was "surprised" the Steelers selected Mason Rudolph in a recent interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.

Big Ben must have gotten enough flack for his comments and has reportedly now changed his tune.

He allegedly reached out to Rudolph earlier this week.

Is Big Ben just saving face?

Who knows.

Roethlisberger, 36, clearly didn't like the pick when it was made, but it's a smart move by the Steelers to ensure their future. Big Ben has publicly considered retirement several times in the past and has only played all 16 games three times during his 14-year NFL career.

Having a capable backup for an oft-injured quarterback seems like a viable use of a draft pick, especially when he had a first round grade and you snag him in the third round.

Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs struggled in limited action, so the Steelers are banking on Rudolph as the future of the organization, at least until they draft another QB.