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SportsNation – A Steeler Win Puts Ben’s Ranking That Much Higher

51 percent of SportsNation believes that a third Super Bowl win for the Steelers will put Ben Roethlisberger in the same category as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

However, SportsNation co-host Colin Cowherd is unsure, “If Manning left the Colts they would only win three games where if Ben left the Steelers they still have their defense. The downside of being a Steeler quarterback is that the foundation is based on defense. You can even look at Terry Bradshaw who won all those rings and he still isn’t compared to Joe Montana.”

  • 47% of SportsNation thinks that not allowing IR players to be in the team’s Super Bowl photo will have a negative impact on the Packers
  • 65% of SportsNation would not want Chad Ochocinco on their team

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Emily McVicker

    January 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

  2. DrGeorge

    January 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    A third Super Bowl ring will not automatically put Ben in the top tier of elite QBs with Manning and Brady, unless he plays well. His last two Super Bowl outings were not all that spectacular, except for the final drive against the Cardinals in the last Super Bowl. His QB rating and efficiency were not that good in either Super Bowl. But at least he has a chance to move into that lofty realm with a good performance in the upcoming game. The fact that he will have an opportunity to do that speaks as much to the quality of Steelers’ management as Ben’s considerable athletic skills.

    Sometimes it is good to reflect on and contrast the way the Steelers do things with the other teams in the NFL. Consider the recent dismissal of Jeff Fisher and Vince Young with the Titans.

    Jeff Fisher is a very good football coach, but I think Bud Adams felt the very personal animosity that developed between Fisher and Young may have lost him points with some other players. The parting was apparently amicable, but necessary in Adams’ mind. Fisher will find a home elsewhere pretty easily. He is well-recognized as a solid Defensive Coordinator, and maybe a head coaching job will pop up in the pros or in college. Young will find another home too, although his behavior in Tennessee will diminish his marketability, and he has yet to demonstrate a mastery of a pro-style offense.

    Now contrast that disruption with the way the Steelers handled Santonio Holmes (drug arrest) and Ben (allegations of sexual assault). Those incidents could have derailed the team and poisoned the team’s relationship with Tomlin. Instead Holmes was sent packing (after his second offense) by the Rooneys,sparing Tomlin a very controversial decision; then, Ben was disciplined by the Rooneys, again sparing Tomlin’s relationship with Ben and the team. Now, the Steelers are going to another Super Bowl. Adams mishandled a volatile situation. The Rooneys did it right.

    At one point, Ben came very close to being released, I suspect, and the trade rumor that swirled prior to the season probably had more than a grain of truth within it. Ben’s fate could have been similar to V. Young’s, save for his good luck in playing for the best management in football. Ben owes this year’s Super Bowl opportunity to the wisdom of the Rooneys. Let’s hope he realizes his good fortune and repays them for their compassion and the confidence expressed in him by playing up to his considerable potential. Only a superior performance on the Big Stage will elevate Ben to Tier 1. Let’s hope that this time, he gets it right.

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