Ben Roethlisberger: Today’s young players are coddled

Ben Roethlisberger: Today’s young players are coddled

Published July 23, 2022
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The recent puff piece from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attempted to inject a little balance by asking Roethlisberger to list his career regrets.

The most obvious area for potential reflection and remorse was not mentioned, either by Roethlisberger or by Ron Cook, who wrote the article. (Hey, if no one ever mentions it, it never happened, right?)

Instead, Roethlisberger lamented the team’s loss in Super Bowl XLV, playing the what-if game with center Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle injury and running back Rashard Mendenhall’s fumble. (Don’t tell Mendenhall it was a fumble.) Roethlisberger also lamented the fact that the Steelers won only three postseason games after the Super Bowl that capped the 2010 season.

“I feel like the game has changed,” Roethlisberger said on that point. “I feel like the people have changed in a sense. Maybe it’s because I got spoiled when I came in. The team was so important. It was all about the team. Now, it’s about me and this, that and the other.