How many Super Bowl rings does Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger want to win before his career is over? Well, at least five, duh! The two-time Super Bowl champion voiced the obvious during his Tuesday appearance in London, England to promote the 2013 regular-season game that will take place at Wembley Stadium in late September against the Minnesota Vikings.
"I want to pass Terry Bradshaw by getting more Super Bowl wins. That’s our expectations in Pittsburgh," Roethlisberger said, via Steelers PR man Burt Lauten on Twitter.
Roethlisberger, who is under contract through the 2015 season, also made it known that he wants to win those three additional championships while playing for the Steelers as if there was any doubt.
"There is no other franchise I would rather play for than the Pittsburgh Steelers," he said.
Roethlisberger is already 31 years-old, so you would have to figure that if he is going to eclipse Bradshaw\'s number of four, he probably needs to get his third and fourth within the next three years to give him a fighters chance at a fifth. The Steelers quarterback has battled several injuries over the course of his career, so it is unrealistic to expect him to play more than six more seasons.
Assuming Roethlisberger stays healthy and produces in 2013, he should receive another contract extension next offseason which would more than likely be the last of his career. According to John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Information, Roethlisberger\'s 2013 salary will push his earnings from the 8-year, $102 million contract that he signed back in 2008 to $76.5 million, which is quite an accomplishment when compared to other players who have signed nine figure deals in not only the NFL, but MLB as well.
Roethlisberger and Bradshaw will certainly never be the best of friends either as the Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback has been highly critical of Roethlisberger over the course of his career, and this is yet another reason why having five Super Bowl rings is perhaps important to the Steelers 2004 first-round draft pick.
So how should have Roethlisberger answered the question? He could have really made some heads explode if he had quoted the little girl in the AT&T commercial.
"More is better than less because if there\'s more less stuff, then you might want to have some more."