You can add Joey Porter to the list of ex-Steelers who are not exactly fans of Ben Roethlisberger according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.com.
The long-time fixture in Pittsburgh was a teammate of Rosethisberger’s for three years, played against him, and was a Steelers assistant coach for five seasons before being fired in January. Discussing the feud between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown on NFL Network, Porter said Roethlisberger put himself above the rest of the team.
Fellow NFL Network commentator/former Broncos running back Terrell Davis told an story about how John Elway would would lobby the coaches to give the players more non-contact days during training camp. Elway was not doing it for himself as quarterbacks don’t get hit in training camp anyway but because he could see that his teammates were getting beaten up and needed a break. According to Davis, Elway had power within the organization and used it to help the rest of the team.
Porter responded that Big Ben doesn’t do that kind of thing. “It’s clear he has the power, and how he uses it? He uses it for him,” Porter said of Roethlisberger. Porter did not cite examples but made it clear that the Steelers would be better off if Ben was more popular with his teammates.
It is possible that Porter is bitter about his firing but he has been a big part of Steelers Nation for two decades. There is clearly a lot of dysfunction going on in Pittsburgh.
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