If you ever bring up the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is a great NFL quarterback, the haters come flying out of the woodwork. The guy doesn’t get credit for winning every regular season game he started as a rookie from those who called him a “game manager,” so he responded by winning the Super Bowl the next year. People hated on his post-Super Bowl XL season, so he responded with his best statistical season to date. The bile flew after his terrible stats in XL, so he shut everyone up with a fantastic performance in XLIII.
But that’s never enough for non-Steelers fans. He did it because of his team, not his abilities. Because all the Steelers teams of the 90s and early 2000s with fantastic defenses and amazing running games won so many Super Bowls behind mediocre QBs. That’s usually the case against Big Ben, that the run game and defense inflates his actual performance. If this is the case, then why didn’t we just stock up on Lombardi Trophies with Neil O’Donnell, Mike Tomczak, Kent Graham and Kordell Stewart (who has the same number of Pro Bowl selections as Ben)?
If people keep hating, then the must be right? Right?
So we should just scrap the guy who finally got a good team over the hump. We should lose the franchise QB who has as many rings as the entire Manning family combined. And we should sign John Legend’s kid.
You probably saw that Legend and his son were at Steelers camp (here, here and here), and now we have video of the kid’s skills. That’s actually a pretty nice throw, and is sure to make the Ben-haters wet their pants at his impeccable form. LOOK…he’s planted his feet when he throws, he must be an elite QB! Ben could learn from him!
If we’re trying to avoid off-field distractions, then we should cut Big Ben and his assaulting, mediocre-quarterbacking self and give money to an unproven, but highly-skilled prospect like little Legend. You need star power and a three-step drop to win games, and not what Ben brings.