Big Ben loose, draws laughs as Steelers start preparations
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers went back to work Wednesday after two days off following a 24-19 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game.
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This is a familiar routine for the six-time champion Steelers, who are in the Super Bowl for the third time in the last six years. They’ll face the Green Bay Packers on Feb. 6 in Arlington, Texas.
But it’s a slightly different Roethlisberger this time around, and not because he’s trying to become just the fifth quarterback to win three Super Bowls.
No matter how much he downplays it, Roethlisberger overcame quite a bit of adversity in the past year to reach this point. Maybe that’s why it seems he’s enjoying it a little more than his first two Super Bowl trips.
Roethlisberger cracked some jokes, smiled a lot and poked fun at an out-of-state reporter who referred to jerseys as “sweaters” during a brief session with the media before practice.
Don’t be surprised if he tries a few one-liners at Media Day next week.
Asked about playing against Packers Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews, Roethlisberger pointed out the obvious.
“He’s got long hair, he wears no. 52, he plays for the Packers,” Roethlisberger said.
“He’s an animal. He’s really, really good,” he said. “We have to account for him and know where he’s at. There’s not much else to say about one of the best players in the game.”
When someone asked Roethlisberger if he was grateful to be here, he couldn’t resist.
“That’s a silly question,” Roethlisberger said. “This is the Super Bowl. It’s what you dream of as a kid. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity just to represent the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.”
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