For the last three seasons Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has dropped hints that he may be wrapping up his stellar NFL career. Yet, each September since we’ve seen the six-time Pro Bowler take the field to lead the Steelers offense. In an effort to squelch any drama and doubt this off-season Big Ben notified the Pittsburgh front office that he planned on playing three to five more years. The Steelers responded by drafting Mason Rudolph, from Oklahoma State, in the third round of last weekend’s draft.
Color Roethlisberger unimpressed.
“I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now,” Roethlisberger said in an interview on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Friday.
“Nothing against Mason; I think he’s a great football player. I don’t know him personally, but I’m sure he’s a great kid. I just don’t know how backing up or being a third [string] — well, who knows where he’s going to fall on the depth chart — helps us win now.”
Roethlisberger’s announcement to the team may have failed in it’s purpose to squelch both the doubt and the drama. The 36-year old signal caller has struggled with injuries of late, and is no doubt in the twilight of his career, but still, he’s led the organization to two Super Bowl titles and clearly felt he deserved the benefit of the doubt.
“I wanted them to know so they wouldn’t have to worry about drafting a quarterback,” he said. “… I wanted to make sure there were no questions.”
“Once they drafted a quarterback in the third, I wasn’t sure if they believed me or not,” Roethlisberger added. “But I’m committed to it.”