Ben: A tough character

From Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“Broken Beak is Ben’s Badge of Baltimore Courage”

By now, you might have heard Ben Roethlisberger plays pretty well against the Baltimore Ravens.

You probably also know some of Roethlisberger’s signature moments against the Ravens.

But you’ll never guess the career highlight Roethlisberger most cherishes against the Ravens.

Would you believe it’s his broken nose in the game in Baltimore last season?

“What makes me smile about that is I know people from Homestead, McKeesport, places all over the city… real Steelers fans everywhere were watching and saw the blood all over the place,” Roethlisberger said. “I hope they said, ‘That’s our guy. He’s one of us. He never came out. He never quit. He’s pretty tough.”


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The “Look Back” quote from that game:

“Ben Roethlisberger, you have to give him credit – with all that he’s been through to stand in there and play the way he played today for that football team says a great deal to his football team, to the organization, to the whole city – ‘I am committed and I am here to play for this football team.’ He deserves some love for the way he battled today.” – NFL HOF player and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin (December 5, 2010).



Also Today:

From Will Graves, the Associated Press:

“Steelers offense primed for breakout year”

Call it part of Roethlisberger’s continuing maturation. Entering his eighth year, Roethlisberger has such a command of the system, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians believes his quarterback could call an entire game with ease.

He showed flashes of it two years ago while throwing for 4,328 yards operating out of a no huddle. Last season, working behind a patchwork offensive line, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to the Super Bowl.

Now, the line is healthy and the players at the skill positions have never been deeper. Roethlisberger’s teammates think he could be sitting on a career year and finally join the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the conversation of the best at his position.

“He’s elite,” Cotchery said. “I believe he’s an elite quarterback and I’m not just speaking from a wins perspective. I think he can throw the ball with the best of them and I’ve seen it first hand.”


You can read the article here.


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