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Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 12:25 pm
 
Roethlisberger was limited by a bum ankle but it may not have mattered against San Fran's stifling defense. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Growing up, Ben Roethlisberger was a huge Joe Montana fan. Late Monday night, after Pittsburgh was throttled by San Francisco thanks in part to Big Ben's four turnovers, he called himself "probably the best 49ers player tonight."

Realistically, that honor falls to either Aldon or Justin Smith, but we take your point, Ben.

As CBSSports.com's Clark Judge wrote early Tuesday morning, Roethlisberger was playing on a bad wheel. He suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Browns in Week 14 and he spent much of the week hobbling around in a walking boot. Still, Roethlisberger, who ended the evening 25 of 44 for 330 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble, took responsibility for his performance.

“I’m not going to make excuses," he said, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Michael Erler. I played a bad football game, turned it over, and that’s on me. Everyone goes out and plays with injuries and I’m no different from anyone else. I was going to play even if I was five percent; I don’t care. …

"It’s very frustrating. You feel like you let down your team, your fans and your coaches. It’s tough. They’re a good football team, they flat out beat us and I need to be a lot better.”


The 49ers rode their top-ranked run defense once again to beat ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 on Monday night.

Big Ben also said that he didn't take a pain-killing injection before the game even though high-ankle sprains can take several weeks to heal.

“We heard that [ESPN analyst] Steve Young and those guys said pregame, ‘Oh, he’ll go shoot it up,’ ” Roethlisberger said via FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez. “No, we don’t do that. [Steelers trainers] would never put me out there and endanger me or anybody on this team to do that. I just think it’s silly that they assume that’s what you’ve got to do. Obviously, we could have done that and it would have helped a lot. But that’s kind of crazy to do and take that chance because you can further injure yourself.”

Roethlisberger risked further injury when refused to come out of the game late in the fourth quarter with the outcome decided. Judge rightly wondered why the Steelers would potentially jeopardize the rest of their season.

"When coach tried to get me out, I said, 'No, I'm not putting you in that situation," Roethlisberger said. "And I'm not quitting on our guys. I started this thing. I'm going to finish it.' "

“My hat goes off to Roethlisberger,” 49ers defensive end Justin Smith said on ESPN after the game. “Him playing, hobbled up back there, he wouldn’t come out.”

So we again have confirmation: Roethlisberger is tough. Now he needs to get healthy because it looks like the Steelers are headed for the wild card and a first-round meeting with the Denver Broncos.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

I think there comes a time when you have to consider if your being in the game is going to be harmful to yourself and the team. I hate the Steelers (My dad loves them and I'm a Philly fan) but I respect Big Ben's toughness, but he should have come out. I admire the fact that he said he was putting team first and I hope he wasn't trying to prove anything to inhance his image. tough loss but sometimes thats how it goes.



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

What a doof. Ben Roethlisberger is the biggest drama queen in pro sports. He only stayed in the game so he could talk about staying in the game so he could talk about his "toughness". He's dumb as a stump. The game was over. If he was so valuable he should have taken a seat. This game was lost and the steelers have at least 1 meaningful game in january ahead. Moron.



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Big Ben: 'I was probably the best 49er tonight'

He had no business being in that game. The Coach is a patsy.


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