When asked about the one year anniversary of his near fatal motorcycle crash, Big Ben said,
“Everyone’s forgotten about it except the media, so, hopefully, now that the year is over with, everyone will forget about it.”
Really Ben? Steeler Nation has not forgotten that basically the entire team from Super Bowl XL was returning. Steeler Nation has not forgotten that you went from being a premier quarterback to leading the league in interceptions.
Roethlisberger went on to have his worst season of three in the NFL. He led the league with 23 interceptions and had a 7-8 record as a starter. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, said in February that, in hindsight, he believes the coaches rushed their injured quarterback into the lineup too soon and it may be why he did not play well. Roethlisberger has vehemently disagreed with that opinion.
I tend to agree with Whisenhunt on this one, especially given how great Charlie Batch did in relief last year. Despite their horrible year, the Steelers lost at least three games they should have won (Bengals, Raiders, Falcons, and arguably the Broncos). If they had won one of those games, they would have been in the playoffs, and perhaps very dangerous.
Ben, Steeler Nation will be happy to forget about all of this providing you don’t. Go out and work hard and have a good year, otherwise you will never be able to forget this, and a hugely promising career will could always have that albatross hanging over it.
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