Nov. 12, 2004
People who know me understand that I'm a sports fan, not just a hoops junkie, baby! I really love the NFL, and one young man has really caught my eye.
I've been really impressed with the play of Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. I've even heard some people say he should be a candidate for NFL MVP. I really love his poise and patience. He doesn't throw the football in danger areas, showing control while making good judgments.
The Miami-Ohio product has a humility about him that also stands out. His confidence level is unbelievable, and his teammates have certainly accepted him.
Roethlisberger has performed at such a high level on the big stage of the NFL -- in pressure situations the past two weeks against previously unbeaten teams in the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
He looks a lot older then age 22 when you consider his physical attributes. Roethlisberger also runs the ball well. It's amazing to see a guy who, if you analyzed him coming out of high school, wouldn't have been recruited by the big-time powers. It just shows that scouts and analysts are only human and can make mistakes. Talent evaluators don't always see every player.
I don't think anyone could have expected this kind of success from Roethlisberger. Give Big Ben a lot of credit for helping the Steelers jump out to a 7-1 start for coach Bill Cowher's Steelers. They go for 8-1 Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, their AFC North rival.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.