Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Big Ben wants more rings than Bradshaw
By Jamison Hensley
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went across the pond to promote the Sept. 29 game between the Steelers and Minnesota Vikings in London. Appropriately, Big Ben did the interviews in front of Big Ben.
Asked what motivates him, Roethlisberger said something that resonates more with fans along the Monongahela River than the Thames.
"I want to pass Terry Bradshaw by getting more Super Bowl wins," Roethlisberger said, via Steelers head of public relations Burt Lauten. "That's our expectations in [Pittsburgh]."
Roethlisberger, 31, has been to three Super Bowls and won two of them. He would need three more to surpass Bradshaw, who became the first quarterback to win four Super Bowls.
While many think Roethlisberger won't have the longevity of other quarterbacks because of the hits he's taken, he still has at the very least five to six years left in him. The odds are certainly against Roethlisberger winning three Super Bowls during that time, but Bradshaw didn't win his third one until he was 31.
Roethlisberger's comments probably won't help his rocky relationship with Bradshaw. Roethlisberger broke Bradshaw's Steelers all-time passing yards record last season. And Roethlisberger can own two more of Bradshaw's records this year: career pass attempts (needs 140 more) and touchdown passes (22 more). The one record that Bradshaw has the best chance of keeping from Roethlisberger is the Super Bowl wins.