EMU QB Legend: Brogan Roback signs with Pittsburgh Steelers

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Former Eastern Michigan University standout Quarterback Brogan Roback has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his time as an Eagle at EMU Roback saw action in 46 games. He racked up 745 completions, good for 8,653 yards passing. He also had an impressive 57 passing touchdowns.  Those are school records, and were part of one of the great- if largely unsung collegiate football careers of all time.  He led the Eagles to their first winning season since 1995 and their first bowl game since 1987. In that time he also saw action as a punter at Eastern Michigan.

Roback signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 14th, 2018. He was released following his rise to stardom on Hard Knocks. He is a hero in Southeast Michigan and in his native Northwest Ohio. He is now making headlines again, after Roback signed a reserve/future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers (signed on January 3rd, 2019).

The Steelers have been making headlines of late, but not for good reasons. They missed the playoffs after a few missteps throughout the year and it ended with some locker room drama: “Antonio Brown: Wants Out of Pittsburgh, Not Happening”

Roback’s career college highlights:

Ben Roethlisberger has more or less committed to playing in 2019. Pittsburgh’s quarterback stable already includes Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph. They are likely to be in front of Roback on the depth chart.

This was also the beginning of the Pittsburgh Steelers loading up their roster for the off season. The team announced yesterday they were adding two new players to Reserve/Future contracts. Wide receiver Ka’Raun White was signed at the same time as Roback. It’s not clear what role he’ll play yet, but his leg may come in handy for him. He had a 44.3-yard average on his punts in college. Perhaps the Steelers are looking for a guy to kill two birds with one stone.

Those off season preparations continued on Friday, as the team announced the signings of linebackers Tegray Scales and wide receiver Diontae Spencer to Reserve/Future contracts.


Brogan was the fourth quarterback on the Browns roster. The other three included this season’s No. 1 overall pick, Baker Mayfield. Two veterans played through camp alongside the growing and developing Roback. Former Ravens backup and Bills starter Tyrod Taylor had many words of advice for him. So did former Michigan State standout and journeyman NFL backup Drew Stanton. Those are big-name NFL guys. Players that Roback likely picked up a lot from. His time learning in Cleveland will be critical to any success he is able to have in the Steel City.

In his Senior season’s finale, he suffered a fractured fibula that kept him from participating in the NFL Combine. He later was able to get in workouts with several NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions. Prior to being released, the Browns turned him loose in their final preseason game. He went 7-14 for 130 passing yards and a touchdown as well.

He has good size for a pro quarterback — at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds — as well as excellent arm strength and above-average mobility. He’ll be looking to shape his story into one not so different from Drew Stanton’s.

This article cites information from emueagles.com and steelers.com. Media in this article is courtesy of Eastern Michigan University Football. For more high school, college and pro sports- like our page on Facebook.

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