Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger talks about playoff issues, refers to ‘spoiled’ players

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger He gave his opinion on the state of football today, saying that he feels the players’ mentality has shifted “from a first-team position to one of the kind I am”.

In an extensive interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger expressed his frustrations during his later years with the Steelers and appeared to point to a shift in team dynamics as a contributing factor to his playoff problems.

Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he walks off the field after being defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs 42-21 in the NFC Wildcat game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 16, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.
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“I feel like the game has changed. I feel like people have changed somehow. Maybe it’s because I screwed up when I got in.” The team was very important. It was all about the team. Now, it’s about me, this and the other.”

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“I may be standing on the soapbox a bit, but that’s the biggest I’ve been able to do since I started right up to the end. I went from a first-team position to one that looked like me. It was tough.”

Roethlisberger finished his career With two Super Bowl titles, six Pro Bowl picks, and as the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. He retired with 64,088 yards and 418 touchdown passes but only won three playoffs after 2010.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger waves to the crowd before leaving the field after a game against the Cleveland Browns on January 3, 2022 in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger waves to the crowd before leaving the field after a game against the Cleveland Browns on January 3, 2022 in Pittsburgh.
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“It’s hard for these guys too. Social media. They treat well in college. Now, this is new, unbelievable stuff, which is unbelievable. They are treated very special. They were pampered at a young age because of the college coaches they need to win Also,” Roethlisberger continued. “I know the coach [Terry] Hoeppner never spoiled me [at Miami of Ohio]. nor did [Bill] Queer”.

Roethlisberger Steelers drove to his best 11-0 franchise in 2020 before finishing 12-4 and ultimately losing to the Cleveland Browns in the playoffs. He returned for one more season.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger responds to a penalty kick during the second half of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger responds to a penalty kick during the second half of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.
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“I thought I was out on my terms. I never wanted to stay that long. I know some people might think I did.” I stayed last year. “But I thought I played really well last year, to be honest,” Roethlisberger said. “I feel like my arms can still go out and play. I’m pretty sure I can still play. But that’s every day. It’s my brain. Not having to prepare for camp and the season has been my biggest blessing.” I’m fine with my place with everything.”

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