Ben Roethlisberger by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

As a excessive schooler in Findlay, Ohio, Ben Roethlisberger, or enormous Ben, was once no longer a soccer phenom. in reality, he did not develop into a quarterback until eventually his senior 12 months. At Miami collage in Ohio, he wore quantity 7 in honor of his favourite quarterback, John Elway - the quantity he nonetheless wears because the beginning quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. in just his 3rd 12 months within the enormous leagues, Roethlisberger grew to become the youngest quarterback in historical past to win the great Bowl while he led his crew to the win over the Seattle Seahawks. This emerging celebrity offers again throughout the Ben Roethlisberger starting place, which helps police and hearth departments national.

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3 passer rating. watching the clock tick down and knowing that the Steelers had lost, Roethlisberger turned to Bettis. Bettis had clocked 12 NFL seasons and was ready to hang it up. But Bettis, the fifth all-time rusher in NFL history, had yet to earn a Super Bowl ring. With tears welling in his eyes, Roethlisberger said, “Come back. I’ll get you to the Super Bowl. ” Those were some pretty powerful words, but they were enough to bring Bettis back. With its first win, Pittsburgh was on its way. Pittsburgh delivered another thrashing in Week 2 in Houston, Texas.

In 2003, Pittsburgh lost five times by a touchdown or less. Under Roethlisberger, the team rallied two times for fourth-quarter wins. He was 45 46 Ben Roethlisberger bringing back confidence. His teammates had confidence in one another, and they believed they could find a way to win. Until this point, however, Pittsburgh had benefited from a favorable schedule. Their one loss was to the only team with a winning record—Baltimore. The final 10 weeks would be tougher. At this point in the season, two teams remained unbeaten—the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots and the Eagles—and the Steelers had to face them both in the next two weeks.

In the third quarter, a Roethlisberger pass was intercepted by Reggie Tongue and returned for an 86-yard touchdown that put the Jets ahead 17-10. Then, early in the fourth, Bettis fumbled at the Jets’ 24-yard line, his first fumble in 353 carries or receptions all season. At this point, though, luck seemed to switch sides. Roethlisberger led a pivotal scoring drive, ending with a four-yard flip to Hines Ward. The score was tied at 17. The Jets, though, looked as if they might pull ahead on their next drive.

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