PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph started wearing the No. 2 while playing high school football in South Carolina. He kept it during his record-breaking career at Oklahoma State, where he left as the program's all-time winningest quarterback.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers let him know No. 2 was available when he reported for rookie minicamp, he jumped at the chance.
The two-time defending AFC North champions raised eyebrows when they traded up to grab Rudolph in the third round of the draft — with general manager Kevin Colbert stressing the team had given Rudolph a first-round grade. Rudolph is well aware that he's second on the depth chart — and more likely third — behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.
"I'm looking forward to embracing my role now on this team and learning," Rudolph said Friday after finishing his first practice as a pro along with the other rookies and first-year players.