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Old 01-31-2008, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default Roethlisberger dismisses 'rift' with Ward

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Roethlisberger dismisses 'rift' with Ward
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, January 31, 2008


PHOENIX - Ben Roethlisberger spoke at a new conference Wednesday to promote the Pro Bowl. Afterward, he tried to defuse a controversy sparked by his comments that he'd like the Steelers to add a tall wide receiver to their roster.
Hines Ward appeared to take umbrage at what Roethlisberger said, but the Steelers quarterback said that was never the case.

"People made it way bigger than it really was, so there's no rift between Hines and I," Roethlisberger said at the Phoenix Convention Center. "We actually talked and laughed about it and joked. Hines and I have no problem."

Roethlisberger said his comments that he wants a taller wide receiver -- no wideout on the Steelers' 53-man roster is listed as taller than 6-foot-1 -- were taken out of context.

"The question was asked of me what else would you like besides what you have on your team now," Roethlisberger said. "I don't want to change who we have. I love my receivers. It got blown way out of proportion."
Roethlisberger had a career year in 2007, as he threw a franchise-record 32 touchdown passes. His passer rating of 104.1 in the regular season was second only to that of New England's Tom Brady.

Roethlisberger, who turns 26 in March, has two years left on his contract, and he and the Steelers are expected to work toward a long-term extension during the offseason. Roethlisberger recently told the Tribune-Review that he wants to retire with the Steelers, and he reiterated that yesterday.

"I keep the stance that I'm trying to stay in Pittsburgh," Roethlisberger said, adding that he hasn't heard anything in regard to a contract extension from his agents or the Steelers.

Roethlisberger, who set a handful of Steelers record last season, will play in his first Pro Bowl next month.

He is one of three Steelers players -- guard Alan Faneca and linebacker James Harrison are the others -- who will play in the Feb. 10 game.

He said he will stay in Phoenix for a couple of days but will leave before the New York Giants play the undefeated New England Patriots Sunday in Super Bowl XLII.

Two years ago, Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl after he guided the Steelers to a 21-10 win over the Seahawks.

He said he thinks the Steelers have the foundation to return to the Super Bowl in the near future.

"I think we have a lot of the tools, and I think we have a lot of the players that are essential for us next year," Roethlisberger said. "I think there are some things that we all need to work on, myself included, and I think we'll be just fine because we have each other, and everybody we have in that room is talented and can get it done."
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Default Re: Roethlisberger dismisses 'rift' with Ward

Sorry Ben, but the great Ed Bouchette would never take anything you say out of proportion and make it out to be more than it actually was. Well, at least that's what some people on this board seem to think

The original story was BS from the get-go. Ben asking for a tall WR to help the offense was NOT a slight against Hines at all. Anyone who thinks rationally would come to the same conclusion.
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media just looking for a good story... to keep their jobs...
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media just looking for a good story... to keep their jobs...
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In my opinion the only one who took things out of context was Ward, so no I don't blame Bouchette. It never should have been an issue to begin with. I love Hines, but like many other wr's in the league he's got some diva in him. I mean honestly what quarterback doesn't want a full arsenal of weapons? The Steelers could use a good tall wr and he simply said so.
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If Ben wants to have the story die down he could quit commenting about it.
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but like many other wr's in the league he's got some diva in him.
I think that Hines tries to feel slighted or disrespected as a motivation tool. This is why he took offense when the Steelers drafted Edwards, Buress, and Holmes. One would think that getting several million dollars a year would be motivation enough, but if it takes feeling dissed for Hines to motivate himself, hey, whatever works.
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If Ben wants to have the story die down he could quit commenting about it.
So he goes on Jim Rome's show and gives a no comment when the question inevitably comes up, how do you think that's going to be interpreted?

Or do you think he's not entitled to show himself during the offseason, good little quarterbacks should be seen but not heard? Well that's not the guy we got, he did the best he could to diffuse what should have been a non issue to begin with and that should be the end of it fo Hines and us alike. But it probably wont be.
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I think that Hines tries to feel slighted or disrespected as a motivation tool. This is why he took offense when the Steelers drafted Edwards, Buress, and Holmes. One would think that getting several million dollars a year would be motivation enough, but if it takes feeling dissed for Hines to motivate himself, hey, whatever works.

I think that's pretty much what it's all about.
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Sorry Ben, but the great Ed Bouchette would never take anything you say out of proportion and make it out to be more than it actually was. Well, at least that's what some people on this board seem to think
Of course, because everybody knows Ben is just an attention wh0re and sticks his foot in his mouth at every opportunity. The hacks, err, reporters are simply doing their jobs and would NEVER blow anything out of proportion.
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