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Ben Roethlisberger: The Most Dramatic Quarterback In The NFL

May 04, 2018 - 1:32 pm

By Alex Woodward

Ben Roethlisberger may be a future Hall of Famer but let’s not forget that his career has been full of dramatic and often attention seeking comments. Whether it's him exaggerating about how injured he is in the week leading up to a Ravens game or more recently his supposed contemplation of retirement.

Before the 2017 season he said his fears of CTE were making him consider retirement. That statement came right after researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston Healthcare System found CTE in 110 of 111 former NFL players' brains. That makes sense. Who wouldn't consider retirement after hearing of that report?

Ben continued with the dramatics during the 2017 season as well when he said tongue-in-cheek, "maybe I don't have it anymore" after throwing 5 INT's to the Jaguars. He was also "questionable" on the injury report in the week leading up to the Ravens Week 4 matchup with Pittsburgh in 2017. Terrell Suggs, like most, wasn't fooled, "he's playing mind games. Rat bastard. He's setting us up. Tell Ben, I'm on to his tricks. I know what he's doing. I'm not going to let him fool me with trickery and Jedi-mind trick me."

Ben's act is tired and it clearly doesn't work anymore. Now his newest stunt is saying he wants to play 3 to 5 more years if his offensive line holds up and if he can stay healthy. Of course, he said this days after the Steelers drafted Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph with the 76th overall pick.

I'm fully convinced that Ben Roethlisberger just enjoys the attention and always has some kind of motive with everything he says. Maybe this is him dancing on the grave of former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was recently fired by Pittsburgh and known to butt heads with Roethlisberger. Or maybe he just wants to draw the attention away from Rudolph and onto him. My bet is a mix of both. 

Sure, Ben could play 3 to 5 years if he stays healthy and if his offensive line holds up but it wouldn't surprise me if he retires within the next 2 years at the end of his contract when he turns 38. For now, he's the modern day Brett Favre but somehow more annoying. Probably because of the whole Pittsburgh thing.                              

Seriously though, stop buying into what this drama queen has to say and be grateful that Joe Flacco knows when to put his foot in his mouth.

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