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Monday, January 31, 2011
Ben Roethlisberger soaking it all in

By James Walker

FORT WORTH, Texas -- From the moment Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walked off the team plane Monday afternoon, his pocket camera hasn't left his side.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger soaks up the atmosphere after landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday.
Roethlisberger is capturing the moments with his teammates, coaches, media, and even briefly put the camera on a certain AFC North blogger Monday while on his way to the podium for interviews.

"How's it going?" Roethlisberger asked.

"Hey, what's up?" I replied, while rushing to change the batteries in my voice recorder.

Roethlisberger is soaking in every moment this week. Despite this being his third trip to the Super Bowl, Pittsburgh's quarterback has the enthusiasm of someone going through this experience for the first time.

This is a year no one expected Pittsburgh to return to the Super Bowl. Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, but the Steelers went 3-1 to start the season. Even when the playoffs began, most predicted the New England Patriots to come out of the AFC as the heavy favorites.

But instead, the Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets for the chance to compete in their third Super Bowl in six seasons, this time against the Green Bay Packers. Roethlisberger is 2-0 in title games and is looking to join Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with three rings.

It's been a long year for Roethlisberger in many ways, but he seemed genuinely happy to get his team back to the Super Bowl for the third time.

"You just don't take this for granted, because you never know," Roethlisberger said. "This could be your last one."

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