Ben Roethlisberger by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

As a excessive schooler in Findlay, Ohio, Ben Roethlisberger, or enormous Ben, used to be no longer a soccer phenom. actually, he did not turn into a quarterback till his senior yr. 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 large leagues, Roethlisberger grew to become the youngest quarterback in historical past to win the large Bowl whilst he led his workforce to the win over the Seattle Seahawks. This emerging big name supplies again during the Ben Roethlisberger origin, which helps police and fireplace departments national.

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In his first game as an NFL starter, Roethlisberger stepped onto a soggy field and clenched a slippery ball. First-half downpours made holding onto the ball tricky for both teams. Miami fumbled on its first possession, and Roethlisberger took over at the Dolphins’ 30-yard line. His first pass was intercepted by Miami’s Patrick Surtain, but Pittsburgh’s defense snatched it back with an interception of its own. From the Steelers’ 20-yard line, Roethlisberger moved the chains in an eight-play, 58-yard drive for a 40-yard field goal.

After announcing his retirement in January 2007, Cowher was replaced by Mike Tomlin, who had been the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Cowher still could not get football out of his blood, though. In February 2007, he joined James Brown, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason on The NFL Today on CBS as a studio analyst. 51 52 Ben Roethlisberger Steelers head coach Bill Cowher joked with Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s 27-3 win over Philadelphia on November 7, 2004.

Roethlisberger proved sharp from the beginning of the game. When the Cowboys scored on a 21-yard touchdown run on their opening drive, he marched the offense downfield to tie the game with an amazing five-yard pass to Burress. In this one play, Roethlisberger showed more mobility than Marino ever did. He scrambled out of the pocket to his right, then fired the ball to Burress an instant before defender Marcellus Wiley flattened him from behind. The play triggered a frenzy from the many Steelers fans in the stands.

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