As we prepare for Super Bowl 45, we’ve compared Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. We’ve contrasted their styles of preparation; partying for Big Ben, studying for Rodgers. Given each of their public images, in many ways this is a game of good vs. evil.
But there is one thing that both quarterbacks have in common.
As LBS contributor Blackjack pointed out, neither quarterback had much interest from colleges coming out of high school. To the best of our knowledge, they each only had one scholarship offer to play quarterback throughout their careers — Cal for Rodgers coming out of junior college, and Miami (Ohio) for Roethlisberger.
In case you never knew it, Roethlisberger wasn’t even a quarterback in high school until his senior season. Big Ben’s high school coach at Findlay High School in Ohio actually picked his own son to quarterback the team, leaving Roethlisberger at receiver. Coach Cliff Hite had his son, Ryan Hite, quarterback the team in their option offense saying his son was a better runner than Big Ben, and that the Hite-to-Roethlisberger combination was more effective for the team than the other way around. His junior season, Big Ben caught 57 passes for 751 yards and seven touchdowns. Luckily Ben became the team’s quarterback in his senior season and threw for 54 touchdowns. Perhaps this accounts for Big Ben’s problems with his home town.