“I did it for a long time. I know doing it for a long time doesn’t mean that you get in, but, again, you look at the wins and losses. I think I did it at a high enough level for a long enough time that I think it would be pretty cool to get in. It is a special thing. That is one special place and a special accomplishment.” — Ben.
From Mr. Cook’s interview with Big Ben this week:
Benjamin Jr. and Bodie had been dropped off at golf camp earlier in the morning. Baylee still needed a ride to swimming lessons. You don’t want to know their schedule for the weekend. If you have kids or had kids, you understand.
“These days, I’m doing a lot of driving,” Ben Roethlisberger said. “I’m a cab driver, an Uber driver, whatever you want to call it. It’s not a good time to have high gas prices.”
Roethlisberger loves every minute of it, doing all the dad things he couldn’t always do when he had a rather time-consuming job as, you know, the Steelers quarterback.
“There’s something about teaching them or doing it with them or just watching them do it that makes it so much neater, more special,” he said Wednesday morning. “A lot of times now, I forget that I even played. I’m having so much fun with them.”
The Steelers will open training camp Tuesday without Roethlisberger for the first time in 18 years. Like just about everybody else in Pittsburgh, he’s eager to see who is going to replace him. He had a relationship with Mitch Trubisky before the Steelers signed him as a free agent in March. The two had the same agent. Roethlisberger started a relationship with Kenny Pickett by calling him right after the Steelers made him their No. 1 draft choice in April. He knows all about what it’s like to be a No. 1 pick, trying to replace a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback in Pittsburgh.
“I congratulated him and told him he doesn’t need to be me,” Roethlisberger said. “People are going to want to compare us. Even though there was a lot of distance between Terry [Bradshaw] and me, people still compared us. That’s why I told [Pickett], ‘You don’t have to be me. Don’t be […]