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Friday, February 28, 2020

Articles tagged: Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers GM does not think Ben Roethlisberger is near retirement yet

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Ben Roethlisberger will turn 38 in a few weeks and is recovering from a major elbow injury that required surgery, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are confident the star quarterback is not approaching the finish line of his career.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert provided a positive update about Roethlisberger’s rehab on Thursday and said he believes Big Ben could be better in 2020 than he was this past season.

That sounds somewhat realistic, but Colbert’s response to a follow-up question about Roethlisberger was a bit less believable. The GM was asked if he thinks Big Ben is nearing the end of his career and noted that Eli Manning is only a year older and just retired. Colbert said the Steelers don’t think Roethlisberger is “at the end of the road.”

Roethlisberger may not be at the end of the road, but he’s certainly getting very close. While he had arguably his best NFL season in 2018 with 5,129 yards, 34 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, he has already openly contemplated retirement. Legendary coach Bill Parcells once said if a player is thinking about retiring he is already retired, so where does that leave Roethlisberger?

Perhaps Roethlisberger will be motivated to prove he can return from a major injury and still play at a high level, which is something he has already hinted at. However, it would be a shock if he plays into his 40s like Tom Brady. Steelers fans should enjoy Big Ben while they still have him.

Antonio Brown issues apology to Ben Roethlisberger on Instagram

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown must have woken up in a good mood on Wednesday, because the star wide receiver suddenly feels badly about all the nasty things he has said about Ben Roethlisberger.

Brown shared a photo of him and Roethlisberger together on Instagram and issued an apology to the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. Brown wrote that he “never realized how good I had it” and “got caught up in my emotion with everyone coming after me.”

“Mostly you a little bit of me ! Yee yee !! I never realized how good I had it, got caught up in my emotion with everyone coming after me I really apologize for my actions sincerely man ! It’s never been another connection like what we done in the past decade. I appreciate you. Sincerely AB,” Brown wrote.

We don’t know where this is coming from, but history tells us it won’t last. Brown has unloaded on Roethlisberger multiple times since the receiver left Pittsburgh, most recently two months ago when he called Big Ben a “loser.” He has also called attention to the sexual assault allegations against Roethlisberger from years ago. Brown has also blasted Big Ben for getting special treatment among other things.

Anyone who has followed Brown for the past several months knows this is a pattern for him. He flies off the handle on social media, gets himself into trouble with the law, and then apologizes. Brown’s completely unpredictable behavior is one of the main reasons he is going to have trouble finding work in the NFL again.

Ben Roethlisberger addresses report of ‘uncertainty’ about his playing future

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Ben Roethlisberger spent part of his Christmas addressing a report about his playing future.

Big Ben, who is out for the season with an elbow injury, shared a photo on Wednesday morning of his family wearing matching pajamas on Christmas.

He then added a tweet saying that any report declaring he has “uncertainty” about playing again is contrary to his current mentality.

On Monday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said he had spoken to people who were unsure whether Roethlisberger would want to play again next season. Mort sent a followup report saying Roethlisberger wants and expects to play next season.

Roethlisberger passed for a career-high 5,129 yards last season but only played in two games this season before undergoing elbow surgery. He is 37, so combining his age and the nature of the injury recovery makes it natural to question the veteran’s interest in rehabbing and returning.

Report: Antonio Brown told Ben Roethlisberger ‘f— you cracker’

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger had a complicated relationship while the two were teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and apparently the quarterback was not exempt from being on the receiving end of Brown’s favorite derogatory term.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler spoke with Steelers players and other sources about Brown’s unpredictable behavior in Pittsburgh, and that included one particular locker room exchange between Brown and Roehtlisberger. A former Steelers player told Fowler that Roethlisberger tried to enforce a no-music policy in the locker room, to which Brown replied, “F— you, cracker.”

Former Pittsburgh players said Brown would usually work things out with his teammates, but his outlandish personality became exhausting at times. From the sound of it, the way he acts on social media is the same way he behaved at work.

“With him, it’s either hot or cold,” former Steelers running back Josh Harris said. “If he’s in a good mood, he’s in a great one, having a good time. Then you’ll see him another day, you’ll see his face and you don’t really want to say a lot because you know something has happened.”

It’s noteworthy that Brown allegedly called Roethlisberger a “cracker,” as that is the same term he reportedly used toward Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock during a confrontation over the summer. He was also accused of using it to describe people who were working in his house at one point.

Brown denied calling Mayock a “cracker,” but the denial has since become impossible to believe. His alleged exchange with Roethlisberger, whom he has blasted numerous times over the years, makes it even more difficult to buy.

Ben Roethlisberger reportedly still wants to play in 2019, expected to fully recover

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Despite a report on Monday about Ben Roethlisberger’s recovery that may have sparked some panic among Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the quarterback still has every intention of returning to the team in 2020.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on Monday’s edition of “SportsCenter” that he has spoken with people who are not sure if Roethlisberger will want to play next season. The 37-year-old suffered an elbow injury in Week 2 that required surgery, and he had already openly contemplated retirement in the past. However, Mortensen has since backtracked with a new report that says Roethlisberger “wants and expects to play in 2020 and beyond.”

Mortensen’s colleague Adam Schefter reported back in September that Roethlisberger does not need Tommy John surgery and is expected to be good to go for 2020. Big Ben has also thrown cold water on the speculation that his injury could force him into retirement.

Roethlisberger threw for a career-high 5,129 yards last season, so he appeared to have plenty left in the tank prior to hurting his elbow. Big Ben’s doubts about his playing career in the past seem to have stemmed from frustration, and he has not given any indication to this point that his plans have changed for next season.

Antonio Brown calls Ben Roethlisberger a ‘loser, NFL ‘racist’ in latest rant

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown continues to alternate between trying to prove to NFL teams that he is remorseful for his actions and accusing the league of conspiring against him.

Just last week, Brown took to Instagram to acknowledge some of his past mistakes and call his behavior “inexcusable.” He said he takes full responsibility for his actions and is working every day to repair his image. In a Twitter rant on Wednesday, however, he went the other way again. Brown unloaded on the NFL for being “racist” and accused the league’s owners of putting a “hit” out on him that was carried out by the media. He deleted the tweet about the “hit.”

Brown also took yet another shot at Ben Roethlisberger.

It seems like Brown gets his hopes up that his social media apologies will inspire the NFL to resolve his case and/or a team to sign him. When that doesn’t work, he goes back to unloading on the league for what he perceives as unfair treatment.

For what it’s worth, it seems like there are players and coaches on one team who want to sign Brown. However, the sexual misconduct allegations against him are still being investigated by the NFL, and a suspension could be looming. With only three games remaining in the regular season, it is highly unlikely that Brown will be signed by a team before 2020.

Report: Ben Roethlisberger ‘livid’ after being fined for wearing Apple Watch on sideline

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Ben Roethlisberger returned to the sideline for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 to help the team in the wake of his elbow surgery, and he managed to get himself fined for a uniform violation despite not being in uniform.

Roethlisberger was fined $5,000 for wearing an Apple Watch on the sideline during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. NFL rules prohibit players and coaches from wearing electronic devices that can transmit messages, but Roethlisberger is “livid” that he was fined and is planning to appeal.

Here’s the best part: Roethlisberger supposedly didn’t even realize he had the watch on. His wife helped dress him since he is currently unable to use his right arm, and she strapped the watch to his wrist. The veteran quarterback feels he should have been given advanced notice from the NFL before receiving a fine letter.

Players wearing watches has become a big topic of conversation this season with Odell Beckham Jr. choosing to wear this impressive timepiece during a recent game. However, the issue with Roethlisberger’s watch is that it was one capable of sending and receiving messages. You can understand why those aren’t allowed on the sideline.