"He plays for 'America's Team,' right?," Roethlisberger said. Then, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger laughed and added, "I think the Steelers are the 'World's Team.'"
Those are fighting words when it comes to these storied franchises and their devoted fan bases. But does Roethlisberger have a valid point?
Take a look at the ESPN commercial in the video above and you'll see the Terrible Towel getting waved everywhere from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Great Wall of China. In my AFC North mailbag, I have received questions about the Steelers from Spain, Japan and Brazil. And Pittsburgh will find out about how strong Steelers Nation is in England next year when the team plays the Vikings in London.
While the fans will likely get stirred up by Roethlisberger's comments, Romo didn't take the bait.
"I think Ben knows how to have fun with you guys,” Romo said, via The Dallas Morning News. “He’s probably talked to you enough. He plays for a franchise that’s had great success over the years, for a long time in the NFL. We obviously have had success over the last 50 years as well, and I think you look at a couple of very, very strong franchises that have been around for a long time and it’s just great to play for organizations like this. I think that’s all he’s telling you.”
When it comes to bragging rights, the Steelers do have the upper hand in world championships. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, which is one more than the Cowboys.