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Roethlisberger changes jersey number for first full day of training camp

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The veteran quarterback has honored past teammates that are no longer on the team by donning their jersey number in training camp. He did so today for former defensive lineman, Brett Keisel.

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If you attended training camp today at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, you might have had to do a double take when the players were walking down the hill to the practice fields.

The conversation might have gone something like this:

"Who's No.99?"

"Oh, that's Brett Keisel. Wait a second, Da Beard isn't on the team this year!"

"Then who in the heck is wearing No. 99?!"

The man wearing No. 99 was none other than Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger, in honor of his friend who is no longer employed by the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, wore Keisel's old No. 99 jersey in his honor for the first full practice of training camp.

This isn't the first time that Roethlisberger has worn a player's jersey that used to be on the team. He wore Max Starks' No. 78 jersey during a walk through at Heinz Field a few years ago. Later that season, Starks was brought back onto the team to help at the tackle postiion. A sign of things to come with Keisel? Time will tell.

Roethlisberger isn't the only player that has worn a different jersey number for practice. Former safety Ryan Clark would typically wear No. 21 during training camp and practices in honor of his former teammate, Sean Taylor, who was murdered in 2007.

Let the record show, Keisel's No. 99 has not been given to a player currently on the roster. Take that for what it's worth.