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Old 01-17-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Drama Queen? No, Big Ben is Royally Tough

I get SO sick and tired of the perception that Ben is an unlikable person, a drama queen, arrogant, etc. I've met and talked with Ben, and found him to be a shy, friendly, down-to-earth person who is genuinely interested in what other people have to say. In every press conference, he's the first to shoulder blame for losses and deflect credit for wins onto his teammates. Coach Cowher didn't like him talking about injuries, and Cowher's often contradictory comments about those injuries went a long way toward furthering the "drama queen" perception. And because Ben occasionally calls out the media (usually deservedly) on something they've reported, suddenly he's arrogant and not likable? Well, here's a news flash: most NFL players are profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfiltery and arrogant to some degree; how can you get that far and not have some level of arrogance? I can't help but think that if Ben looked like Tom Brady, people would be admiring his brashness and toughness, but because he's kind of a regular Joe, not glamorous or headline-seeking, instead they pick on him for having the nerve to think he's something special. Which we all know he is. GRRRRRRR - makes me SO mad.

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Jan. 14, 2009
By Mike Freeman
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Early in the season a player in the AFC told me he thought Ben Roethlisberger was a drama queen.

Then, later in the season, Monday Night Football's Tony Kornheiser said during a broadcast he was told that some in the Pittsburgh media believed Roethlisberger was a drama queen. That was followed by Matt Hasselbeck's exchange during a visit to a middle school in the Seattle area. He jokingly called Roethlisberger a girl.

But you got the feeling he really wasn't joking.

Recently former receiver Keyshawn Johnson said Roethlisberger was a "bit of a drama queen." And Key knows drama queens.

All this evidence in hand, I was prepared to bury Roethlisberger as a preening debutante, the Susan Lucci of football.

Then I came to my senses and am posing this question:

Why do so many people outside of Steelersville seem to hate Roethlisberger so much?

He might be one of the more disliked players in football and much of the venom is coming from other players (or former players).

Players almost always defend other players, particularly when it comes to the notion of toughness. I'm not sure if some realize how big a deal it is for a player to basically call another one the "P" word.

Indeed, I was prepared to bury Roethlisberger. Then came news from a Pittsburgh newspaper about the injury Roethlisberger suffered in the regular season finale. When he was hit by two Cleveland defenders simultaneously, Roethlisberger suffered a spinal cord concussion.

The diagnosis sounded familiar. I've covered players who suffered from those injuries before and they've told me it's extremely frightening and dangerous. One mentioned he lost the sensation in his extremities for hours.

As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, players who've had this injury in the past have been severely debilitated. In 2002 former Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox also had a spinal cord concussion and he temporarily lost all feeling in his hands and legs and missed two games.

In September, Baltimore safety Dawan Landry suffered the same injury as Roethlisberger. He was put on injured reserve and missed the season.

Roethlisberger had the injury and came back strong, yet he's called a drama queen.

The injury Roethlisberger sustained is a big deal and the notion that he's dramatic is growing a tad nonsensical and tiresome.

"Ben's a damn tough guy," defensive end Brett Keisel told the Post-Gazette. "He's one of the biggest competitors in this locker room. Anytime anyone goes down and someone's poking their fingers and they can't feel it, that's scary. Anytime you get numbness and things like that you have to take every precaution ..."

Here's an interesting stat: Roethlisberger has been sacked a startling 139 times over three regular seasons, which is almost three sacks a game. While some of that is Roethlisberger's fault because he holds on to the football for extended seconds, he's still missed just two starts in some three seasons, with one coming in a meaningless season finale and the other a season opener following an appendectomy. So, in effect, he's really only missed one start.

There are a lot of quarterbacks who'd sign up for that sort of queen-ness.

In fact Carson Palmer should call Roethlisberger "Your Majesty."

Yet his drama queen reputation isn't solely the fault of media members or players. Part of the blame falls on the Steelers themselves. The reputation actually began when former coach Bill Cowher contradicted Roethlisberger's statement that he had broken toes after losing to New England in the AFC title game during Roethlisberger's rookie year.

The fact he really isn't a drama queen doesn't mean Roethlisberger is easy to like. He's c0cky and arrogant. He's Captain Smirk. Roethlisberger is always the first one in the locker room to tell the media, "I told you so."

His occasional obnoxiousness, and lack of motorcycle expertise aside, Roethlisberger is the AFC equivalent of Donovan McNabb. We might not appreciate how good he is until his career is long over.

Roethlisberger is tied with Tom Brady for the most victories by a starting quarterback in his first five seasons with 57. He's on the verge of a second Super Bowl appearance. That's not too shabby.

He's a bigger version of Terry Bradshaw, except you don't have to spot him the "C" and the "A."

And you don't have to spot him the 'D' and the 'R' for drama, either.
Link: http://www.cbssports.com/columns/story/11259642
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Old 01-17-2009, 03:06 PM   #2
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I get SO sick and tired of the perception that Ben is an unlikable person, a drama queen, arrogant, etc. I've met and talked with Ben, and found him to be a shy, friendly, down-to-earth person who is genuinely interested in what other people have to say. In every press conference, he's the first to shoulder blame for losses and deflect credit for wins onto his teammates. Coach Cowher didn't like him talking about injuries, and Cowher's often contradictory comments about those injuries went a long way toward furthering the "drama queen" perception. And because Ben occasionally calls out the media (usually deservedly) on something they've reported, suddenly he's arrogant and not likable? Well, here's a news flash: most NFL players are profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfiltery and arrogant to some degree; how can you get that far and not have some level of arrogance? I can't help but think that if Ben looked like Tom Brady, people would be admiring his brashness and toughness, but because he's kind of a regular Joe, not glamorous or headline-seeking, instead they pick on him for having the nerve to think he's something special. Which we all know he is. GRRRRRRR - makes me SO mad.



Link: http://www.cbssports.com/columns/story/11259642


Hey Dino......I totally resent this article. Bradshaw was never stupid. He just allowed people to believe he was.
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people hate winners plain and simple..

why do you hate tom brady? because he's a winner.. why do opposing fans/teams hate ben? because he's a winner...

let keyshawn johnson or hasselbeck quarterback behind the line ben has had to for the past 3 years.. i wonder if they'd blame losses/bad games on the protection they're receiving.. yet i've never once heard ben complain about it..

dude is an absolute stud bad ass and ill use his jockstrap as my washcloth in the shower.. :)

heh..
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people hate winners plain and simple..

why do you hate tom brady? because he's a winner.. why do opposing fans/teams hate ben? because he's a winner...

let keyshawn johnson or hasselbeck quarterback behind the line ben has had to for the past 3 years.. i wonder if they'd blame losses/bad games on the protection they're receiving.. yet i've never once heard ben complain about it..

dude is an absolute stud bad ass and ill use his jockstrap as my washcloth in the shower.. :)

heh..
You nailed it... He's hated because he wins in the NFL early and often.
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people hate winners plain and simple..

why do you hate tom brady? because he's a winner.. why do opposing fans/teams hate ben? because he's a winner...
Money post. This is exactly why people hate Ben so much. Media and other fans can call him whatever they like......bottom line he is a very classy guy and wins on the football field.
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Plus he got Missy Peregrym.....

and didn't feel the need to hunt down paparazzi for the headlines.
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I love when the under estimate him. It keeps him playing with a chip on his shoulder. Big Ben reigns supreme in my eyes and always will!!!
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people hate winners plain and simple..

why do you hate tom brady? because he's a winner.. why do opposing fans/teams hate ben? because he's a winner...

let keyshawn johnson or hasselbeck quarterback behind the line ben has had to for the past 3 years.. i wonder if they'd blame losses/bad games on the protection they're receiving.. yet i've never once heard ben complain about it..

dude is an absolute stud bad ass and ill use his jockstrap as my washcloth in the shower.. :)

heh..
i hate Tom Brady because he's a GQ model with a metro twist! he's a limelight theif and he's got a few rings, but he missed the most important one. the imperfect season! he's proved himself to be a jerk off primadonna with celebrity written all over his flat ugly head. he's a bonehead and he's deserves to be shown what i learned in my crotch punching class the other day. piss on Thomas Brady...right in his face!!! haha!!!
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can't help but think that if Ben looked like Tom Brady, people would be admiring his brashness and toughness, but because he's kind of a regular Joe, not glamorous or headline-seeking, instead they pick on him for having the nerve to think he's something special. Which we all know he is. GRRRRRRR - makes me SO mad.
If Ben looked like Tom Brady - I'd throw up in my mouth a little bit... scratch that... and make it A LOT! Ben might not be what most women would find *QUARTERBACK SWOON WORTHY* but I myself think he's the bees knees, but most of that "crush" comes from the way he plays... not his looks (he is a looker though, trust me).

I like that he's guarded, and semi-quiet. I get the same reception from people that don' t know me - because I don't walk in a room all LOOK AT ME!!!! TALK TO ME... LOVE ME... like some other people do I am perceived as stuck up, and that I think I'm better than others... I read in an interview he gets that all the time.. .because he likes to scan a room... and get to know people BEFORE opening up. I think more players would benefit from this behavior.

It's great to be friendly, open and good to your fans which Ben does, but I also think it's important to keep some stuff for yourself and to yourself - he's only human! I honestly think the last thing on earth Ben wants, is Drama. He seems like the type of guy that wants to be able to walk down the street when he's home and be treated like a regular Joe.

I don't see him behaving like other "high profile - look at me I'm T.O. *insert any other drama seeking look at me stars name*"

Ben is A-OK with me and yes... he's hot too (Tom Brady is a DOG!)
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Plus he got Missy Peregrym.....

and didn't feel the need to hunt down paparazzi for the headlines.
Agreed - she's a down to earth hottie (IMO). I will never understand how or why someone like Tony Romo wanted to sign up for the Simpson Circus... unless he truly wanted THAT MUCH limelight. It would exhaust me!
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