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stlrtruck
11-02-2006, 09:29 AM
Saw this on yahoo. And said to myself, "Finally, something has sunk in...now if he'll only show it on the field, too!"

Big Ben is off the bike, now wants to get back on his game

By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer
November 1, 2006

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ben Roethlisberger looks at what has occurred in his life since winning the AFC championship game in Denver and almost can't believe it's been less than 10 months.

Becoming the youngest quarterback to win the Super Bowl. The motorcycle accident that left him with a surgically repaired face. The two concussions. The emergency appendectomy that kept him out of the Pittsburgh Steelers' opener. His five losses in six starts this season -- or one more loss than in his first two NFL seasons combined.

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"It's tough because you set the bar so high the first two years that you'll forget you won the Super Bowl last season," Roethlisberger said as he looked to Sunday's rematch in Pittsburgh with the Broncos. "But, hey, that's the way it goes. You've got to start playing better. I've got to start playing better."

He also needs to stay healthy, and he knows it. Maybe that's why he disclosed Wednesday for the first time that he's not riding a motorcycle any longer. Previously, he said only that he would put on a helmet when doing so.

Roethlisberger's motorcycle crash June 12 left him with the first of two concussions he's had this year, a battered face that required seven hours of surgery and other more minor injuries. He returned for training camp, but his season has been disrupted by the appendicitis attack and a second concussion, this one on the field, Oct. 22 in Atlanta.

Asked if he wishes he hadn't gotten on a motorcycle, especially without a helmet, the 24-year-old said, "Not at all. I'm not going to sit there and regret things that I've done. That was a decision I made and I'm not going to look back and regret it."

Roethlisberger was cleared to play last weekend in Oakland, but responded by throwing four interceptions -- two for touchdowns -- in a 20-13 loss to a team widely considered the AFC's worst. It also was the worst game of his three-season career, and coach Bill Cowher said Tuesday that three interceptions were preventable.

Roethlisberger agreed he must make better decisions, but doesn't sound like someone who regrets taking some risks on the field, either.

"You just go out there and play the game the way you know how to play it," he said. "That's how I play and I'm not going to change. That's how I play football. It's worked for me and hopefully we'll turn it around."

Roethlisberger is going against a Denver defense that allowed only two touchdowns in six games before giving up three, all by Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, in a 34-31 loss Sunday to Indianapolis.

That Denver defense has undergone some schematic adjustments since losing 34-17 in the AFC championship game, when Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns passes while leading Pittsburgh to a 24-3 halftime lead. He was 21-of-29 for 275 yards, the kind of accuracy and production a quarterback needs to win a big game.

The Steelers (2-5) might need a similar game Sunday by Roethlisberger to turn around a season that couldn't have gone much worse so far, either for the team or the quarterback.

"Teams are kind of gunning for you a little harder because you are the champs," Roethlisberger said. "And so we are definitely getting everybody's best shot, and I think that we definitely need to step up and start playing better football."

Following his eventful offseason, Roethlisberger looked rusty in losing his first three starts. But he was 32-of-41 for 476 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in seven quarters against the Chiefs and Falcons until receiving his latest concussion.

Since then, Roethlisberger has talked to several former quarterbacks who offered advice on how to deal with his uneven play. He didn't reveal any names, though he has spoken frequently in the past with NFL career passing leader Dan Marino.

"You're always going to go through these stretches," Roethlisberger said. "I've talked to so many great quarterbacks the last couple of weeks, and they say you're going to have these stretches -- and it isn't going to be the last time you have a stretch like this."

stillers4me
11-02-2006, 04:32 PM
Honestly, despite his poor off season decisions and the impact it has had on his entire team and the season, I like this kid. I think he's going to be just fine.........his future is bright and I know he's grateful to be alive and doing a job he absolutely loves. It sounds like he's really listening to some good advice......I mean really listening this time. I think he will bring home at least one more Lombardi to Pittsburgh (hopefully more!!). I support him all the way........and I hope this guy decides to retire a Steeler!!!

Here We Go Steelers!!

83-Steelers-43
11-02-2006, 04:42 PM
He also needs to stay healthy, and he knows it. Maybe that's why he disclosed Wednesday for the first time that he's not riding a motorcycle any longer. Previously, he said only that he would put on a helmet when doing so.

Normalcy, commonsense and maturity. Good to hear.

stillers4me
11-02-2006, 05:01 PM
Perhaps it's finally sunk in that his off season decisions really do have an impact on his performance and it affects the entire organization. A hard way to learn a lesson ......but I know how he can make it up to me next year.........:wink02:

herewegosteelers
11-02-2006, 06:46 PM
Honestly, despite his poor off season decisions and the impact it has had on his entire team and the season, I like this kid. I think he's going to be just fine.........his future is bright and I know he's grateful to be alive and doing a job he absolutely loves. It sounds like he's really listening to some good advice......I mean really listening this time. I think he will bring home at least one more Lombardi to Pittsburgh (hopefully more!!). I support him all the way........and I hope this guy decides to retire a Steeler!!!

Here We Go Steelers!!

Amen!!!!:tt02: U go Big Ben!!!:cheer: :hug:

touchdownward
11-02-2006, 07:07 PM
Glad to hear he's parked the bike. Wait until your career is over and ride til your hearts content. :cheers:

Steelersfan4life0655
11-02-2006, 07:10 PM
it's a shame that alot of people have really been negative about Big Ben, come on you just dont win a super bowl in the first 2 seasons of any respectable QB in the league on a normal basis. I think we actually have something special in the making when it comes to Big Ben. I think when we talk about it when he retires in the future, he wont be a Peyton with numbers, but he will be a winner and that is all that really counts. Even the greats have had bad years and i believe this is his year. I think people need to stop worrying about Big Ben and his mistakes and start worrying about him beating people when he is back to normal. Ben's got my respect and always will, and if's not this year that he bring us another Lombardi, then well relish the idea of him and the steelers being successful in the years to come. :tt02: :tt02: :tt02: :tt02: :tt02: :tt02: :tt02: :tt02: :tt02:

stlrtruck
11-02-2006, 08:42 PM
He's definitely growing and maturing. It may take the rest of this season for him to really grab a hold of what he's got going on but once it sinks in - look out NFL!

83-Steelers-43
11-02-2006, 09:50 PM
Glad to hear he's parked the bike. Wait until your career is over and ride til your hearts content. :cheers:

Thank you. :cheers:

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
11-02-2006, 10:01 PM
sophmore slump in his third year????
I can deal with that........remember........he gave us a ring in his second.

NV STEELERS 723
11-02-2006, 10:34 PM
BIG BEN WILL be the QB in Pittsburgh for a long time....just be patient STEELER fans.... I have to remind myself of that too... !

stlrtruck
11-03-2006, 07:28 AM
I remember reading about Bradshaw's nightmares in Pittsburgh. He wasn't always the a numbers QB but he was a great leader on the field. It took him several years to acquire that role, but look what it got him.
Now Ben has that same opportunity. He doesn't need to be a numbers QB, he needs to be a leader, a field general, one that can get the job done when it needs to be done. To calmly direct the team in the way it needs to go.

In Ben We Trust!!