The best place during a regular NFL weekend is the Pittsburgh Steelers dressing room, before and after a game. Head Coach Mike Tomlin has turned the AFC North franchise into a formidable outfit over the last decade or so.
Despite their consistency over the years, the Steelers have never really been pegged as contenders to fight for a Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, in particular, has flown under the radar for far too long.
Even though the Steelers are the sole unbeaten team in the league, Roethlisberger is still lacking behind in the NFL’s MVP dialogue. But how do his teammates feel about this? Here’s more on that.
Whether the media talks about Roethlisberger or not, it’s clear that the veteran star has the backing of the team dressing room.
Here’s what Steelers running back James Conner said to those set all the ‘Big Ben’ naysayers straight, “We don’t need anybody else to validate his resume.”
If we may, Mr. Conner does make a more than valid point. The 38-year-old Ben Roethlisberger deserves some credit for the Steelers’ meteoric 9-game winning streak.
Despite a major elbow injury in 2019, Roethlisberger has been consistent ever since the 2020 NFL season started in September.
Granted, his numbers are not on the level of fellow veterans and NFL MVP front-runners, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, ‘Big Ben’ is certainly doing enough to make the most of his talented supporting cast in Juju Smith-Schuster, Eric Ebron and rookie Chase Claypool.
Roethlisberger has thrown for 2,200+ yards with 22 passing touchdowns to his name against just 4 interceptions.
The Steelers play the hurting Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at the EverBank Field. Doug Marrone’s boys remain winless in their last 8 NFL games.
Surely, Roethlisberger can add to his team’s win tally this weekend. Maybe then he’ll be regarded as a genuine contender for the NFL MVP award.