Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph believes he and Ben Roethlisberger are 'going to be friends'


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So maybe everything is going to be hunky-dory in Pittsburgh after all.

Mason Rudolph, the Steelers’ third-round pick last month — and the apparent heir apparent to one Ben Roethlisberger — met with reporters at the team’s rookie minicamp Friday. He offered a much different perspective on the quarterbacks’ relationship than might be expected in the wake of Big Ben’s recent commentary, which partially questioned why the front office would select Rudolph.

“I think the media got it kind of twisted around a little bit,” Rudolph said. “He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s a competitive guy. That’s what I would expect. He’s a longtime starter.

“I’m sure when we get in this building, in this room, we’re going to be friends, and I’m going to let him do his thing and pick up what I can from him but not bother him.”

Rudolph said Roethlisberger even unexpectedly texted him to wish him well during the…

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