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Old 02-09-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played the Super Bowl with broken ribs, SI.com's Peter King has reported.

Coach Mike Tomlin had denied any injury problem with Roethlisberger in the week before the Super Bowl.

Roethlisberger was seen stretching his mid-torso region throughout the week and apparently was comfortable in the game, going 21-for-30 with 256 yards and the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter to Santonio Holmes.

Roethlisberger also threw an interception and was sacked three times. The Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.

"Fractured ribs,'' Roethlisberger told SI.com. "Luckily, in the game, I didn't take any big hits to make 'em hurt. But I knew all along there was something wrong. There wouldn't have been anything they could have done about fractured ribs anyway. It was just suck it up and play.''

Roethlisberger was drilled in the back by a helmet during the AFC title game against the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 18 and did not leave the game, though backup Byron Leftwich hurriedly warmed up.

Roethlisberger had expressed surprise anyone doubted that one of the NFL's toughest and most physical offensive players -- and the Super Bowl MVP three years ago -- would play.

"People ask me that question and I want to smack them," Roethlisberger said on the Monday before the game. "It's Hines Ward, he's going to be out here. It's the Super Bowl."
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straight up, no nonsense toughness. does the business when it matters the most. just a great fit for the steelers i think. what a man.

i'm sure those ribs felt great while picking up that lombardi trophy
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:27 AM   #2
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What a drama queen.
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This just adds to the legend that is Big Ben!
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How great would that be if he smacked a reporter for doubting Hines Ward?
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Ben is a machine!
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How great would that be if he smacked a reporter for doubting Hines Ward?
when i read that part i actually pictured him doing it and i couldnt stop cracking up
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ya know I heard an analyst saying that he thought Big Ben "fakes" some of his injuries to give him an out in case the Steelers lose and nothing more pisses me off. I think I've seen Ben downplay more injuries than he does talk them up. I'm glad the x-rays ended up showing fractures even though he said he was fine all week. Shut up some of the haters.
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How great would that be if he smacked a reporter for doubting Hines Ward?

BWAAHAHA Then throw in a "He's Hines Ward, Betch!" for good measure!

This and his playing regardless of his injury list is what makes me love Ben - he's a stand up QB, and a great asset to this team! I'm glad he does as much for his guys as they do for him.. unlike some QB's.. *coughROMOcough*
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ya know I heard an analyst saying that he thought Big Ben "fakes" some of his injuries to give him an out in case the Steelers lose....
Let me guess - ESPN, right?
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Let me guess - ESPN, right?
Yea and don't quote me on this but I almost want to think it was Steve Young......which seemed very uncharacteristic to me considering the way he talks about Big Ben other times. I don't know....just don't understand it
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