"Roethlisberger admits there was some resentment toward him in the Steelers locker room early in his career because of the big money he made as a No. 1 draft choice, but he sees a change."
My understanding was the vets' resentment of Ben was because of his demeanor, not because of his contract, but I guess Ben sees it differently.
Ed Bouchette is not quite accurate that Ben was a "No. 1 draft choice," but he was a first round
draft choice, and was paid comparably to other first round picks. My guess is that any locker room resentment really was more about money, because the kid started winning games as soon as he stepped under center.
Winning has a habit of making everyone feel all warm and fuzzy. When the Ws are piling up, nobody complains about personality or work ethic.