Pittsburgh Steelers famed and controversial quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger knows what it’s like to be a rookie quarterback. He understands the pressure from teammates, the front office and fans to deliver a winning season. Now having played ten seasons in the NFL, he’s almost ancient according to football standards, but he seems to have acquired some wisdom that he wants to pass on to the current star rookie roster: DO IT AGAIN.
Yep, that’s it. These three words are what Roethlisberger thinks the rookies need to know and understand.
“People ask me all the time about these young quarterbacks,” Roethlisberger told USA TODAY Sports after Thursday’s OTA session. “Let’s wait. One year does not mean a lot in this league. Let’s see what happens in two, three years.
“I’m not trying to take anything away from them. I think they did some great things last year, and they all have the potential to be great quarterbacks. But you don’t want people to jump on their bandwagon so fast and put so much pressure on them to live up to those expectations. My advice to them is to keep doing what you’re doing, playing as hard as you can because people will keep trying to build you up and it could get tough.”
These are words to live by. In a league where you’re only as good as your last game–and sometimes your last play, “doing it again” makes sense.
So what about these new rookies? Roethlisberger says that he hopes RGIII pulls through to complete recovery, but is more concerned about his own teammate:
“I’m following Heath Miller’s recovery. How about that?” he said referring to the veteran tight end mending from knee surgery. “I’ve got to worry about what’s going on here, and that’s my tight end getting healthy.”
Well said Ben.
What advice would you give rookies?
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