From Mike Bires this morning in the Beaver County Times:
Considering the way he plays the game, it’s mind-boggling that anyone would ever question Roethlisberger’s manhood.
But on Sunday in Buffalo, Roethlisberger showed again what most expert NFL observers already know. There is nothing soft about the way Roethlisberger plays football.
He’s clearly one of the best QBs in the game, and he just might be the toughest.
He’s a big, strong guy who’s tough to bring down. He’s not afraid to run with the ball when he has to. And as he proved in the 19-16 overtime win over the Bills, Roethlisberger can play in pain.
Late in the second quarter, Roethlisberger suffered a sprained foot. He limped off the field as the Steelers headed into the locker room at halftime.
But in the second half, he didn’t miss a snap. He kept making plays…
You can read the rest of Mr. Bires column here.
From Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Did you see Roethlisberger in the 19-16 overtime win against the Bills?
“I told him after the game, ‘I’m happy to be on your team. I’m glad I’m playing with you,’ ” wide receiver Hines Ward said.
Roethlisberger’s 18-yard scramble was, for me, the best play of the season. He made a spectacular move in the pocket to spin away from linebacker Chris Kelsay, who beat offensive tackle Flozell Adams to the outside. An instant later, feeling pressure from defensive end Marcus Stroud who was chasing him with foul intentions, he sprinted to his right.
“My thought process at that point is to get up to the line of scrimmage but not go over it,” Roethlisberger said. “People talk about me taking too many sacks and not going down and taking hits. But that’s just me. Whatever it takes to make a play.”
You can read the rest of Mr. Cook’s column here.
Injury Update –
Coach Tomlin doesn’t expect Ben’s foot sprain to keep him out of the game this Sunday in Baltimore.
“He might be limited somewhat tomorrow,” said Tomlin during his press conference. “I am going to be optimistic and hopeful and he may be a full participant, but there is a chance he couldn’t be.
“There is some pain and discomfort. We will see where the week takes us.”
Ben is wearing a walking boot to protect his right foot.