I really respect Ben Roethlisberger as a quarterback. I think he's tough. I like the way he moves around the pocket, not looking to run but rather doing it with his head up to make a throw. More quarterbacks need to do that.
He's a star now.
Having praised Roethlsiberger, it's time to rip him.
Please stop with all the drama, Ben.
The book on Roethlisberger is that he's a drama queen, and his recent revelation to Sports Illustrated writer Peter King that he played the Super Bowl with two broken ribs only intensifies his look-at-me style.
Why bother? What's the point? The game is over. All it does it put the spotlight back on Roethlisberger, with people saying how tough he must be. Somehow, I think Roethlisberger likes that.
The Steelers haven't confirmed the story and there are some Steelers players who think he's telling a tall tale.
If he did play with broken ribs, he's tough but why let it out? All it does is put the focus on him, and takes away from the team winning a Super Bowl.
Super Bowl star, drama queen.
They don't need to go together.
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