Lynn Swann Says Last Time He Checked, Ben Roethlisberger Was A Paid Employee

Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann was making the rounds today on radio row at the Super Bowl promoting the free Burger King giveaway of onion rings this upcoming weekend. Swann sat down for a quick interview with Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank from and Dameshek asked Swann his thoughts on the comments made last week by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the Pro Bowl where he said once he returns from Hawaii he will seek out team president Art Rooney II to find out what direction the Steelers offense will move in now that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is gone. Swann did not mince his words when replying to the question and basically said that Roethlisberger is a paid employee and should call head coach Mike Tomlin to find out what is going on. You can watch the interview here or read the transcript below.

Dameshek: Lynn, I am interested if you have any thoughts on… the Rooney\’s of course are royalty on the banks of the Three Rivers. What do you make of Ben Roethlisberger questioning the decision to part ways with Bruce Arians last week? It was retirement supposedly. Of course he\’s already hooked on with the colts, so he was kicked out the door it would seem. What do you make of Roethlisberger essentially challenging the Rooney\’s and, “I\’m going to walk in there and see what the story is going forward.”?

Swann: Was Ben hit by something recently?

Dameshek: I think his face hit a windshield at one point.

Swann: The last time I checked, he was a paid employee of the team. (shrugs)

Dameshek: Say no more. Big Ben is great, but no one is bigger than the Rooney\’s. That\’s for sure.

Swann: I don\’t thing you question an organization that\’s had the consistency and success the Pittsburgh Steelers have had. You may not like it, because you have a relationship with the guy. You may be curious and are wondering what they are thinking and what the philosophy will be with the next guy coming in. Go talk to your head coach. You know, pick up the phone, quietly, call the coach and say, “Coach, your the head coach, are we changing offensive philosophy?” Mike Tomlin will tell you straight out whether he is or not. Because the offensive coordinator will be working for Mike Tomlin. And so, again, the Steelers as an organization have been without question, one of the best run organizations in professional football. So I\’m not going to question it. I\’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. I may wonder why they did it, but it doesn\’t mean that it is going to have a negative impact on the team. And if I were a player in that locker-room, Id just be going to work the next day, trying to make sure I play the best I could.

  • Guess

    Right on the money Swann is.

  • Kedolin

    ben is just afraid he wont be throwing the ball enough , get rid of mendenhall, he dances in the backfield to much we need a back to hit the holes fast and hard like jerome did. we would have went to at least 2 more bowls with a back like him

  • Billcathy

    Ben taken out of context

  • Gabe

    Swann is right about the fact that Ben should follow the chain of command, so to speak. On the other hand, the media plays this up like he thinks he’s going to walk into Rooney’s office and demand he have input. Just wanting to talk is fine. I don’t think you should judge him based on wanting to know. Maybe Ben is thinking that with all the new quarterbacks being hired, his job is on the line. We never did hear a statement from Rooney about Ben’s settlement over the sexual assault charges in Nevada. Maybe there is something between Rooney and Roethlisberger we don’t know about. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and see what happens.

  • silverstreakhl

    Why do grown men spend so much time obsessing about and then criticizing everything that Ben R. says and does? I include here the entire PG sportswriters group and now some ex-Steelers like Swan (if you’ve had the misfortune to run into Swan you’d know he isn’t a guy who should throw stones), grown men who morph into gossipy, scolding teenage girls when it comes to our QB. Give it a rest for God’s sake.

  • Siggy

    Again, the Roethlisberger interview.

    Not as bad when you actually hear it.

    Ben was asked if he needed to tweak his game, as ART ROONEY II said he had to in the media.

    All Ben did was answer the question.

    Swann had his day, now it’s time to let go and let the current group of players worry about this team.

  • Kevin

    I like that Ben is willing to say that he wants to talk about these things. He was asked a question, he answered it honestly, and his answer was not insulting or challenging to the Steelers brass in any reasonable way. People are blowing this up for no reason

  • Siggy

    There were no charges in Nevada. It was a civil suit.

    See what I mean about accuracy?