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05-04-2009, 08:49 AM
Collecting more rings pushes Roethlisberger

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The late drive he engineered in Super Bowl XLIII will go down as a signature moment of his career, one that looks like it is on a track to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Yet Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he still hasn't watched a replay of it.

That might be a good thing for the Steelers since it could be a sign that Roethlisberger isn't basking in past glory as much as he is focused on what is still to come.

Roethlisberger, after all, may be one of only 10 quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls, but he is still only 27 years old.

"I believe he can get better," coach Mike Tomlin said at the conclusion of Steelers minicamp Sunday. "I'm sure that he does (too). He's still a young guy. He's got a lot of hardware that some young guys don't have, but those are the standards that he sets for himself. Like everybody else, Ben is going to be here searching for the ceiling in terms of what he's capable of doing."

Like most of the Steelers veterans, Roethlisberger is easing back into his training, and he said he has not worked out since the Super Bowl.

"That was just to recover and kind of relax and let your body heal and get 100 percent," Roethlisberger said. "I feel great, actually."

The 6-foot-5, 241-pounder has as much reason as anyone to make sure his body gets enough time to recuperate from the 2008 season, considering how long it was and the beating that he took (Roethlisberger was sacked 46 times).

His goal in the coming months is a simple if fairly predictable one.

"I'm going to try to avoid offseason injuries," Roethlisberger said.

He wasn't able to do that after leading the Steelers to a Super Bowl title in the 2005 season.

Roethlisberger had a serious motorcycle accident in June 2006, and the effects of it as well as an emergency appendectomy in September sabotaged his and the Steelers' 2006 season.

Roethlisberger threw 18 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions, as the Steelers slipped to 8-8 a season after winning their fifth Super Bowl.

When asked if that has been the most trying season of his career, he said, "Physically, mentally, emotionally, yes, absolutely."

Roethlisberger rebounded in 2007, setting Steelers single-season records in touchdown passes (32) and passing rating (104.1). He didn't put up big numbers again in 2008, but by the end of the season the Steelers had won another Lombardi Trophy in large part because of Roethlisberger and his late-game heroics.

He may not be finished adding Super Bowl titles to his resume, considering Roethlisberger may just now be entering the prime of his career and is apparently as driven as ever.

"From the second he got here he saw the four (Super Bowl) trophies up there and that's what he wanted to do," said Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, one of Roethlisberger's closest friends on the team. "He wanted to get at least four and we're halfway there, so hopefully we can win a couple of more so we can live out that legacy."

Roethlisberger has been keeping a low profile at Steelers offseason practices, and yesterday he wouldn't allow TV or video cameras to tape his first interview with Pittsburgh reporters since the Super Bowl.

He said he will only throw at offseason practices, which isn't a departure from what Roethlisberger has done in past years, to preserve his arm. He added that he will take part in the voluntary practices the Steelers have 12 more of them that resume May 18.

Before long, training camp will be here, and that is when the Steelers' quest to win a seventh Super Bowl will officially begin.

"We've got a bulls-eye on our chest, and you always do as a Super Bowl team," Roethlisberger said. "We'll be all right."

Elite company

If Ben Roethlisberger wins a third Super Bowl, he will become just the fifth quarterback to accomplish that feat. Here are the others:

Player, team: Titles

Terry Bradshaw, Steelers: 4

Joe Montana, 49ers: 4

Troy Aikman, Cowboys: 3

Tom Brady, Patriots: 3

05-04-2009, 10:04 AM
i definitely think roethlisberger is still growing.. if the o line develops a littttllleee bit more and we get some more yardage tacked on to our running game, i think the steelers will be UNSTOPPABLE!

05-04-2009, 10:20 AM
You can do it Ben, with the help of the front office, adding the talent and coaching to future Steelers teams.Would be cool to see Big Ben get three more rings.

Would like to see Big Ben on top with five rings one for each finger and the thumb.

Because stat wise in this Steelers offense he won't lead the league in passing (the talking heads love passing stats) and will not give Ben the credit deserves because another QB will have better passing stats.

But if Ben and the Steelers can pull off three more Superbowls in his career, that should shut up those stupid talking heads and take him to Canton, Ohio.


05-04-2009, 11:48 AM
I see Big Ben finishing his career with a minimum of 4 rings. I would love to see him get 5 but 2 more rings with this team is not far fetched.

05-04-2009, 11:58 AM
Hey they forgot to put Brett Favre on that list.:noidea: Doesn't he get a few honorary Super Bowl titles for just being himself? :chuckle:

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05-04-2009, 12:24 PM
Hey they forgot to put Brett Favre on that list.:noidea: Doesn't he get a few honorary Super Bowl titles for just being himself? :chuckle:

If John Madden hadn't retired then he would have ranked him at the top of all QB's... regardless of rings :flap:

05-04-2009, 12:25 PM
Rumor is Big Ben got a "Can no Lose!" tattoo on his buttcheek during the offseason.

05-04-2009, 12:48 PM
Nice article. :thmbup:

Remember all the rounds he made post-XXL? Letterman, some awards show in LA, etc.? Then he had the motorcycle accident and got himself one serious wake-up call that all can be taken from him. You bet your sweet-bippy that alone taught him a great deal about life in general. As the article stated, he's 27. I know when I was 27 I still had much maturing to do and learned a great deal more! We have plenty more growth to see from Ben! It will be exciting to continue to watch!

05-04-2009, 04:11 PM
Rumor is Big Ben got a "Can no Lose!" tattoo on his buttcheek during the offseason.

lol and dont forget on the other he got 4:15 thread