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Ben Roethlisberger: ‘I’ll do whatever I can to help’ Mason Rudolph

Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday said he plans “on playing for three to five more years” in an ideal world. That being said, the Pittsburgh Steelers veteran quarterback insists during that time he will do whatever he can do to help Mason Rudolph develop into his successor-in-waiting.

The Steelers began developing the framework of a future without Big Ben by selecting Rudolph out of Oklahoma State with the 76th selection in the third round of the draft last week.

Roethlisberger obviously won’t be looking over his shoulder at Rudolph anytime soon, perhaps explaining in part why the 36-year-old will gladly spend time tutoring his understudy. Roethlisberger hailed Rudolph as “a good football player” while pointing out he’ll treat Rudolph no differently than any of his previous backups.

“You know he’s able to play. Anytime you get guys to come in, you can try to teach him a little bit, it’s a good thing,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ll do whatever I can to help. I did that with Landry [Jones] and try to help [Josh] Dobbs as much as I can. Landry does a great job at that, he did it last year with Dobbs. It’s kind of the backup’s role.”

Roethlisberger obviously understands that the Steelers are merely doing what’s best for the long-term success of the organization by drafting Rudolph and preparing for a future without him.

Even more encouraging for the Steelers is it would seem that Rudolph will serve as an apt pupil given some pragmatic comments he made about what he expects out of Roethlisberger — or lack thereof — as he embarks upon his NFL career.