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zulater
12-31-2009, 05:23 PM
The only surprising thing about Ben Roethlisberger earning the Steelers MVP award today is that it is the quarterback's first such honor.

Roethlisberger returns on Sunday to the place where it all began for him, in Miami in 2004 in a hurricane's wake. It was his first start in a remarkable season that was like no other, becoming the only rookie quarterback in history to win all 13 starts.

And it only got better: Two Super Bowl victories, one in which he took over on the winning last-minute drive, and most every Steelers passing record within his grasp. Many of those were set this season when he became the first Steelers quarterback to pass for 500 yards in a game and the first to pass for 4,000 yards in a season.

Yet when it comes to voting, Steelers players long have been reluctant to cast their ballots for a quarterback. Roethlisberger becomes only the fifth team MVP from his position in the 41 years the award has been passed out. Kordell Stewart was the most recent quarterback to win, in 2001. Neil O'Donnell earned MVP in 1995 and Terry Bradshaw in 1977 and 1978.

Of all his spectacular success in past seasons, including his Pro Bowl year of 2007, this may be Roethlsiberger's best. He's passed for 4,108 yards in 14 games, and his 503-yard performance in a 37-36 victory against Green Bay likely was his best ever.

"Maybe," Roethlisberger said as to whether this has been his best season. "Statistically I think so in certain categories. I've never missed a practice. It's the first time in six years I've never missed a practice because of injury or whatever. So I think that has translated onto the football field and my play has been better."

He was scratched from one game at nearly the last minute because of lingering effects of a concussion.

"Whether it's the no-huddle or understanding offenses better, I think you can say it's been one of my better years."

Like his teammates, he has been disappointed with many aspects of the season, most notably that five-game losing streak after they started 6-2. This, even though Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward have 1,000 yards receiving, Rashard Mendenhall topped 1,000 yards rushing and Heath Miller set the team tight end record with 71 receptions.

Yet they still have a chance, albeit slight, to squeeze into the playoffs with a victory in Miami, which is where Roethlisberger started it all.

That game, the fourth of the 2004 season, was pushed from afternoon to a night kickoff because a hurricane had roared through South Florida that weekend. The night before, the power went out in the team hotel and the players sat in the hallway with flashlights telling stories.

"That was my first start and how nervous and literally scared I was sitting in that locker room, feeling like I was going to throw up because I just didn't know what to do," Roethlisberger said.

He completed 12 of 22 in the rain and mud for 163 yards, threw his first touchdown and first interception. He would not lose a start until the AFC championship game that season, and he won all the rookie of the year awards. In his second season, he became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Charlie Batch, his veteran backup who came to the team in 2002, believes that first season by Roethlisberger changed the minds of others in the NFL about playing rookie quarterbacks.

"With him doing that I think it set the bar for other rookie quarterbacks coming in," Batch said. "That allowed other organizations to say 'Pittsburgh did it, let's go out and throw our guy in there.' You have the classic example of the Jets and Mark Sanchez. And Atlanta [and Matt Ryan] last year."

The nearly six full seasons since that first start in Miami have covered a lot of ground for Roethlisberger, on and off the field. Only one ended in regulation, 2006, with this one threatening to end on Sunday.

"I was talking to Charlie the other day. To think I've known him for six years and been dong this now for six years, it's been a crazy roller-coaster."

Roethlisberger is a first alternate for the Pro Bowl and likely will be added to the roster if the Steelers are not involved in the playoffs because those from Super Bowl teams will not participate in the all-star game.

"To me, it's never about those awards," Roethlisberger said. "To me it's about winning games and championships. We'll try to get into the playoffs and see what we can do."

On another note, Hines Ward did not practice again today and it's possible he could miss his first game in two seasons. He has two hamstring injuries. Defensive end Brett Keisel (stinger) also did not practice. Troy Polamalu went through another limited practice and appears he will not play Sunday, missing his seventh straight game with a sprained PCL.


For more on the Steelers, read the new blog, Ed Bouchette On the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com


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Neil-Still-Rules-14
12-31-2009, 05:50 PM
It's great to see him finally get his due.

steelergirl07
12-31-2009, 05:51 PM
It's about damn time. Good for him though.

HometownGal
12-31-2009, 05:56 PM
:applaudit::hatsoff::applaudit:

Much deserved. :thumbsup:

wootawnee
12-31-2009, 06:06 PM
I just wish he realized how to keep his mouth shut about his head.....We needed him in that Raven game we lost.......He was ok to go.....You could just tell the way he was on the sideline.......Hines was right with being pissed......But Ben was afraid, I think, with all the cuncussion talk in the league these days.........Just goes to show ya have to learn some things with experience sometimes.........We should have stuck him in in the overtime drive....But hey Hindsight won't do any good, except for future decisions........He had a good year otherwise.....He just got to work on hot reads more so we don't take as may sacks.........But I love the way he wants to win.......That is all that matters in my book.........Go get em this weekend boys........

Bluedust
12-31-2009, 06:21 PM
I just wish he realized how to keep his mouth shut about his head.....We needed him in that Raven game we lost.......He was ok to go.....You could just tell the way he was on the sideline.......Hines was right with being pissed......But Ben was afraid, I think, with all the cuncussion talk in the league these days.........Just goes to show ya have to learn some things with experience sometimes.........We should have stuck him in in the overtime drive....But hey Hindsight won't do any good, except for future decisions........He had a good year otherwise.....He just got to work on hot reads more so we don't take as may sacks.........But I love the way he wants to win.......That is all that matters in my book.........Go get em this weekend boys........

http://i46.tinypic.com/e7dx0z.jpg

In any case, I'm glad he finally got his due.

devilsdancefloor
12-31-2009, 06:54 PM
:thumbsup:

SteelCityMom
12-31-2009, 06:56 PM
I just wish he realized how to keep his mouth shut about his head.....We needed him in that Raven game we lost.......He was ok to go.....You could just tell the way he was on the sideline.......Hines was right with being pissed......But Ben was afraid, I think, with all the cuncussion talk in the league these days.........Just goes to show ya have to learn some things with experience sometimes.........We should have stuck him in in the overtime drive....But hey Hindsight won't do any good, except for future decisions........He had a good year otherwise.....He just got to work on hot reads more so we don't take as may sacks.........But I love the way he wants to win.......That is all that matters in my book.........Go get em this weekend boys........

Yeah, how dare he not risk going out and getting his brain scrambled. That bum. He obviously was fine since he could stand on the sideline and cheer...that's exactly like taking a shot to the head less than a week after getting a concussion.

I'm glad you know better than his trained doctors though...that's comforting.

Anyways, congrats to Ben, he definitely deserved it this year!

wardisgreat
12-31-2009, 07:03 PM
I lost a little respect for Big Benjamin, when he bailed on us during the Baltimore game.
We had a chance for the playoffs, and now the damn Jets are going to get in, and make some noise.
I understand why Hines was pissed and now our team is divided.

SMR
12-31-2009, 07:13 PM
I lost a little respect for Big Benjamin, when he bailed on us during the Baltimore game.
We had a chance for the playoffs, and now the damn Jets are going to get in, and make some noise.
I understand why Hines was pissed and now our team is divided.

What are you talking about??? It was the coach's decision to bench him because of the concussion aftermath!!

SMR
12-31-2009, 07:14 PM
Yeah, how dare he not risk going out and getting his brain scrambled. That bum. He obviously was fine since he could stand on the sideline and cheer...that's exactly like taking a shot to the head less than a week after getting a concussion.

I'm glad you know better than his trained doctors though...that's comforting.

Anyways, congrats to Ben, he definitely deserved it this year!

lol
:toofunny:

wardisgreat
12-31-2009, 07:19 PM
I think your wrong, Tomlin was just being classy and standing up for his player. They all know Ben begged out, they just wanted him to save face

Bluedust
12-31-2009, 07:34 PM
I think your wrong, Tomlin was just being classy and standing up for his player. They all know Ben begged out, they just wanted him to save face

Little too obvious, try better next time.

wardisgreat
12-31-2009, 07:39 PM
im not getting the translation here

SteelCityMom
12-31-2009, 07:45 PM
im not getting the translation here

He's calling you a :troll:

SteelCityMom
12-31-2009, 07:46 PM
Gotta love these folks who pretend to have insider knowledge of what has and does go on in the Steelers locker room and training facility. Priceless.

zulater
12-31-2009, 07:51 PM
I just wish he realized how to keep his mouth shut about his head.....We needed him in that Raven game we lost.......He was ok to go.....You could just tell the way he was on the sideline.......Hines was right with being pissed......But Ben was afraid, I think, with all the cuncussion talk in the league these days.........Just goes to show ya have to learn some things with experience sometimes.........We should have stuck him in in the overtime drive....But hey Hindsight won't do any good, except for future decisions........He had a good year otherwise.....He just got to work on hot reads more so we don't take as may sacks.........But I love the way he wants to win.......That is all that matters in my book.........Go get em this weekend boys........

They should have put him in the utility closet. :toofunny:

stillers4me
12-31-2009, 08:18 PM
Congrats, Ben! You deserve it! (You would have been superbowl mvp this year, too. On second thought, you still might be! :wink02:)

wardisgreat
12-31-2009, 08:22 PM
Right on, you are so right. Don't worry BigRothlesberger, you will be back better than ever next year. Godspeed

GoSlash27
12-31-2009, 08:28 PM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lkOPHZJetNI/SgsV8NXtW5I/AAAAAAAAFDw/A1dXHTEk_zw/s400/billy+goats+gruff.jpg
Hey... you guys smell that?

Psyychoward86
12-31-2009, 08:30 PM
glad he got the MVP. He deserved it, wtg Ben. Keep performing, and most of all STAY HEALTHY for us these next couple of years!

iloveben7
01-01-2010, 01:21 AM
It's about time. Congratulations Ben, you definately deserve it.


Yeah Ben sure bailed on us in the 1st Ravens game. If you don't recall he had a concussion. And will they ever be a thread on here where someone doesn't hate on Ben??

JEFF4i
01-01-2010, 01:30 AM
More than deserved it, wtg Ben.

fansince'76
01-01-2010, 05:00 AM
So much for the rest of the team "hating his guts" and all the other ridiculous associated nonsense. :coffee:

Big7BenHOF
01-01-2010, 05:44 AM
Are we seriously turning something positive (Big Ben winning team MVP), into calling him out because Mike Tomlin wouldn't let him play?

1) Ben had begged Tomlin to play

2) Tomlin did the right thing by benching him

If Ben had gone out there, then gotten knocked out and had a career-ending injury, don't you all think you would have been wishing he didn't play? It's better to save our QB a few seasons than to have him for one game.

Anyway,

Congrats Ben, well deserved!

Preacher
01-01-2010, 05:52 AM
Good for him.

Galax Steeler
01-01-2010, 07:46 AM
I think it was a no brainer. The way Ben has played this year two receivers over a 1,000 yards. Also Wallace has 692 yards as the no.3 receiver. It was well deserved for Ben.:tt04:

steel striker
01-01-2010, 09:15 AM
:noidea::noidea:It really amazes me how people praise Ben the rip him for something that is NFL protocol. Ben has taken more hits then any nfl qb and, there are many people on this board still question his toughness. I don't get it! I guess I watch a different steeler game on each sunday than some people watch.

zulater
01-01-2010, 10:26 PM
http://www.steelers.com/article/116650/


Winning MVP special for Roethlisberger
Thursday, December 31, 2009
By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com

Roethlisberger MVP Press Release

Ben Roethlisberger put up huge numbers, engineered three come-from-behind wins and rewrote some of the Steelers record book this season, so it was no surprise that his teammates voted him the team’s Most Valuable Player this year.

“To me, of all of the awards I have ever won, being a team MVP voted on by your teammates and a team captain are probably two of the most special awards that I could ever win,” said Roethlisberger. “This means more to me than any other award. It tops them all. It was touching. I had to hold back some emotions when coach said it.

“I think there were a lot of guys that were very deserving of this award. For them to pick me means a lot and is very touching. It means more than I could probably explain.”

Roethlisberger had a record-setting season, passing for 4,108 yards through 15 games. He bypassed Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who threw for 3,724 yards in 1979. He has completed a team-record 319 of his 479 pass attempts (66.6%), for 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a 98.9 quarterback rating.

“It’s an honor when you can do things like that, especially with the rich, storied tradition here that’s been here in Pittsburgh and with the Steelers,” said Roethlisberger. “But for me it’s never about individual things.”

What has meant a lot to the sixth-year quarterback is the receiving numbers put up by wide receivers Hines Ward (1,106 yards) and Santonio Holmes (1,243) and Rashard Mendenhall rushing for 1,014 yards going into the Dolphins game.

“For me it’s about the team, about Hines getting 1,000 yards, Santonio getting 1,000 yards, Rashard getting 1,000 yards,” said Roethlisberger. “It’s about Heath Miller catching more passes and getting more yards than he ever has.

“I always want to help those guys any way I can get those yards. I think I was stat watching more than those guys were for them. Hines has had 1,000 yard seasons before, Santonio never has. For him to get that meant a lot for me. Knowing you are their quarterback and helped them get all of those yards means a lot. Those things mean more to me than my individual records.”

Many of those individual records Roethlisberger earned came during his best performance of the season against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15 in a 37-36 come-from-behind win at Heinz Field.

He finished that game with a team-record 503 yards passing, a single game record, and it was his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season, a single-season record. He completed 29 of 46 pass attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Roethlisberger was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, which included leading the team on an 11-play, 86-yard drive in the fourth quarter, which culminated with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace with no time left on the clock.

Roethlisberger was in good company with his performance, becoming only the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception in the game. The other two were Pro Football Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle (1962) and Warren Moon (1990). He is also only the 10th player in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards in a game and the ninth to do it in a non-overtime game.

And while it might not have been the team’s best season, the numbers Roethlisberger has put up certainly rank at the top for him.

“Maybe statistically wise I think so, certain categories,” said Roethlisberger when asked if this was his best season. “I never missed a practice, the first time in six years I never missed a practice. I think that has translated on to the football field and my play has been better, whether it’s the no-huddle or understanding offenses better, I think you could say it has been one of my better years.”

The Steelers offense has focused more on the pass this season than in the past, but Roethlisberger thinks it’s just about using the talent that is there.

“Everyone made a big to-do about this offense changing and it being a passing offense. Really it’s balance,” said Roethlisberger. “We have so many unbelievable weapons that we need to utilize. If we didn’t, what is the point to have them?”

Roethlisberger is the first Steelers quarterback to win the team’s MVP since Kordell Stewart in 2001. It’s also the fifth time a quarterback won the honor, with Terry Bradshaw taking it twice (1977, 1978), Neil O’Donnell (1995), Stewart and Roethlisberger.

Nadroj 20
01-01-2010, 10:30 PM
I think it was an easy choice, and the correct choice in making ben MVP. I thought he was the MVP and congrats to him

GO STEELERS!!1!

SteelCurtain0815
01-01-2010, 10:58 PM
Big ben made the right decision imo. Safety is always first.

SteelCurtain0815
01-01-2010, 11:02 PM
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steeltheone
01-02-2010, 12:04 AM
Really easy choice. This year anyway....

Angus Burgher
01-02-2010, 03:00 AM
Glad he got this award. He absolutely deserves it. Ben has been great in most of his games this year, and if the defense hadn't fallen apart in so many of them, Pittsburgh would have a much better record right now and we'd already be in the playoffs.

I find it so ironic how the Pittsburgh offense routinely gets snubbed for the Pro Bowl. It's like Ben and his receivers (I'm not talking about the offensive line or the RB corps here; those areas still need a lot of work) are held to a different standard than other players. Last year, guys like Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Jay Cutler were named to the Pro Bowl for putting up good numbers even though they were on crappy teams. But Ben was ignored even though he had a lot of comeback victories and the team went on to win the Super Bowl, because his numbers, though solid, weren't stellar. This year, he has great numbers that, at the very least, should earn a back-up QB spot at the Pro Bowl. But the team underperformed, mainly due to the awful play by the pass defense. And yet, who is named to the pro bowl? Two defensive players. Ridiculous.

wootawnee
01-03-2010, 03:06 AM
I wonder how many times ole # 4 played with a head ache.......

A lot more than we'll ever know.......

Some times ya just got to go play.......