Chat with Ben Roethlisberger
Drafted 11th overall out of Miami (Ohio) in 2004, Roethlisberger was forced into the lineup in Week 2 of last season, then started and won the next 12 regular season games and led the Steelers to a Divisional playoff win over the New York Jets. Roethlisberger was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press after throwing for 2,621 yards and 17 touchdowns, and he is nominated for the 2005 ESPY for Best Breakthrough.
"Big Ben" will be here at 3 p.m. ET, so send your questions now and we'll save them for his arrival!
Buzzmaster (3:04 PM)
Big Ben will be here shorty, so keep the questions coming!
Ben Roethlisberger (3:08 PM)
Hello to all the fans and thanks for all the support this year. Let's go!
Scott (Mobile, AL)
How do you deal with this year's expectations as opposed to last year's?
Ben Roethlisberger (3:09 PM)
Coming into last year there were no expectations. I didn't expect myself toplay. They are high right now and I'm preparing to be better than I was last year, which is a little different knowing I'll go in as the starter. There's pressure, but that comes with the territory.
Ethan Lumberton, NC
Ben, How will the presence of Heath Miller help the offense this year?
Ben Roethlisberger (3:10 PM)
Heath is a great player and addition and I think he will be able to hold some safeties and help our outside guys get open even more.
Tyler (Fullerton, CA)
Hey Ben, what was the toughest part about transitioning from college ball to the NFL?
Ben Roethlisberger (3:11 PM)
Having been thrown into the fire so quicly and dealing with the speed of the game. Everyting was faster and I had to step up just to survive, let alone excel.
Ben how big an honor is it to be nominated for an espy as the years breakthrough athlete. I think you'll edge out sharapova even though shes got you beat on looks.
Ben Roethlisberger (3:12 PM)
She does, but it is an honor because there are a lot of great athletes. I don't know if I'll win, but it's a great testament to my teammates, who are the reason I'm nominated at all.
As a proud Miami alum... what do you miss most about Oxford?
Ben Roethlisberger (3:12 PM)
Being around the college athmosphere, seeing my friends and haning out.
Jordan (Grapevine, TX)
Ben, What defensive back in the NFL are you most nervous about when throwing the ball downfield? Thanks.
Ben Roethlisberger (3:14 PM)
You have to be cautious of everyone, but guys like Ed Reed, Rodney Harrison jump out because of what they can do in terms of interceptions and hard hits.
How bad do you want to beat the Patriots this year?
Ben Roethlisberger (3:15 PM)
We don't have any particular team picked out on the schedule. We want to beat them all.
Ben, congratulations on a great year. Can we expect to see more passing this year, now that you have had a year with our offense? And how are you clicking with our new recievers?
Ben Roethlisberger (3:17 PM)
Now that I'm more comfortable the coaches will be more confident in me and I hope we can open it up a little more. Hines and Antwan are good veterans, and the new guys are going to make a good contributoin and we'll have a great variety on the outside to throw to.
Ben do you think you guys have one of the best defense in the NFL?
Ben Roethlisberger (3:18 PM)
We have a lot of great guys and we'll still be one of the best, and it's not fun to face those guys every day. I love watching them play and it's fun to see what they do, except during the week in practice.
Peder (Arden Hils, MN)
This follows in line with the Defensive back question. But who do you fear most along a defensive line.
Ben Roethlisberger (3:20 PM)
I have so much confidence in our offensive line that I don't get too scared about particular guys, except maybe when I see someone who weighs 300-and-a-lot, like Ted Washington, over there. I just don't want those guys to land on me!
Ben Roethlisberger (3:22 PM)
I'm out of time, guys, but thanks a lot for all the compliments and great questions. Thanks for the support!