But it’s still located in Pittsburgh. And he probably has a lot to say about the team he’s been with for a generation.
Earlier, we posted his comments on Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette On the perception that former Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert didn’t want Roethlisberger back for 2021, coach Mike Tomlin was tepid, and owner Art Rooney II made it happen. Although Roethlisberger was a fluke to himself as a player, he succeeded. The fans got shutdown, given that 2020 happened without fans at Heinz Field. The Monday night that marked his last game in Pittsburgh was a moment for the ages.
However, the truth may be a click away from the way Roethlisberger described it. Some believe the Steelers offered him a reduced contract in 2021, believing he would not accept it. We’ve heard that some in the organization were surprised when he did.
It’s no surprise that when Cook was asked to select a favorite play for a career that would eventually land in Canton, Roethlisberger went with the game-winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLIII. Although the catch helped receiver Santonio Holmes win MVP, Roethlisberger’s throw was a thing of beauty.
“That’s what I dreamed of as a kid, to win the game,” Roethlisberger told Cook. “It wasn’t like it was for a guy who’s wide open. I still don’t think this pass gets enough credit. The catch was amazing, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think the whole group gets enough credit.”
Some also believe that Roethlisberger’s failure to win MVP for that throw in Super Bowl XLIII resonated in Super Bowl XLV, leading former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to formulate a game plan designed to help Roethlisberger, in his third Super Bowl victory, win the award. As the theory goes, the desire to promote Roethlisberger undermined the broader effort to win the game. After the following season, the Steelers pushed the Arianes into “retirement”, some believe that happened because he and Roethlisberger got too close.
Still, he is right. The Super Bowl XLIII card should be more advertising. The fact that Holmes had nine passes for 131 of the 256 total yards established by Roethlisberger likely made the difference in the pass catcher winning the award over the pass thrower.
And who knows? The fact that Roethlisberger didn’t win MVP at Super Bowl XLIII may have skewed the attacking game layout in Super Bowl XLV, resulting in 40 passes and 23 innings. In Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers had 26 shots and 33 shots—and won the game. In Super Bowl XL, the Steelers ran 33 times and threw 22 passes. They also won the game.
Ben Roethlisberger thinks the Super Bowl XLIII winning touchdown pass should be a bigger deal that originally appeared on Pro Football Talk