PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger has, for the most part, rehabilitated his once-tattered image in Pittsburgh and among Steelers fans.
That didn’t stop the veteran quarterback from appearing on Forbes’ list of most hated NFL players.
Roethlisberger and Vick are among seven quarterbacks in the top 10 of a list that Forbes put together after surveying 1,100 people who are at least 13 years old.
“I think a lot of people don’t like (quarterbacks) because we’re usually the ones that help beat their team,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday.
Roethlisberger said he did not know about the list until asked about it during his weekly chat with Pittsburgh reporters.
“A lot of things I find out from you guys first,” he said. “I don’t really care.”
Roethlisberger indeed has more to worry about than his popularity ratings.
The Steelers will try to build on their two-game winning streak Sunday when they visit the Raiders, but they have lost their lost two games in Oakland and haven’t traveled well recently. The Steelers have lost the last seven games they have played outside of their time zone, and they have not won in Oakland since 1995.
Roethlisberger is at a loss to explain why the Steelers have struggled against the Raiders, but he said he always looks forward to playing at the Coliseum and front of fans who make up the famed “Black Hole.”
“You like to see the rookies and the young guys that haven’t out there the first time they walk on the field and see the fans and see the kindergarten teacher that has her face painted and is going nuts,” Roethlisberger said. “To me it’s a neat thing and that’s what football is all about.”
Roethlisberger hopes to quiet Raiders fans on Sunday, and one way the Steelers can do that is by scoring more touchdowns.
They have just two in their last two games and have settled for eight Shaun Suisham field goals.
Suisham won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after drilling four field goals against the Ravens, including a 42-yard game-winner, and Roethlisberger said there is only one thing wrong with having a kicker who is so reliable.
“The problem is maybe we get too comfortable with it,” Roethlisberger said of leaning on Suisham. “We need to start thinking he’s going to miss or something even though we don’t want him to because we need to score touchdowns. I always tell him ‘I hope we don’t use you for anything but one point after a touchdown.’ ”