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10-01-2009, 12:00 AM

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The silent treatment
September 30th, 2009

He didn’t create something that would constitute a stir.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did find himself in the news this week when World Wrestling Entertainment announced the he would be a guest announcer on “Monday Night Raw.”

Wednesday is Roethlisberger’s designated day to talk to the media during the season. So what does Big Ben do when there are legitimate questions about the timing of this guest appearance?

He blows off reporters in both the morning and afternoon locker room sessions. During the latter, Roethlisberger ran out of the locker room and said, “I ain’t gonna win no Rooney award.”

That award is given to the Steeler that is most helpful to the media, and winning it is the equivalent of winning a date with their cousin to most of the players. Still, the award is given in honor of Art Rooney, and it is actually called The Chief Award.
Roethlisberger should show a little more respect since Rooney is the founder of the organization that gave Roethlisberger the biggest contract in team history in March of 2008.

As dismissive as Roethlisberger can be with reporters, at least he is accomplished enough to justify (well, sort of) his acting that way.

The same cannot be said of Limas Sweed.

So it was almost laughable when Sweed, who may have more drops than catches during his career, told reporters Wednesday that he wasn’t talking.
He should have taken a cue from fellow second-year player Rashard Mendenhall.
Mendenhall dutifully answered questions about the mental lapses in practice that preceded his getting yanked from the rotation at running back for the Bengals game.
Instead, Sweed dropped yet another ball.

He came off like a sulking teenager instead of facing the questions about why his hands have consistently betrayed him since the Steelers took him in the second round of the 2008 draft.

If Roethlisberger is a long shot to ever win The Chief Award — that is unless reporters give it to him just to make him come up to the media room and accept it — Sweed may be an even more unlikely candidate for the honor.

That is because you actually have to be a member of the Steelers to win it.
And if Sweed doesn’t get his act together, his time in Pittsburgh will be much shorter than anyone would have thought.