Roethlisberger: ‘I Don’t Question Myself’


The Pittsburgh Steelers have certainly had their share of team drama this season as every week since the anthem incident in Chicago it seems there’s always some sort of inside turmoil the team needs to address several days before they even hit the practice fields on Wednesday. Because of all that seemingly weekly drama that has surrounded the team the last several weeks, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked Wednesday morning during his weekly session with the local media if he’s ready to start talking about only football soon.

“Yeah, would you guys ask me about football? It’s on you guys, isn’t it?” Roethlisberger replied.

Roethlisberger was soon reminded by a member of the media that reporters and beat writers didn’t make wide receiver Antonio Brown throw a water cooler on the sideline a few weeks ago.

“But you ask the questions,” Roethlisberger stated while smiling.

Roethlisberger was then asked how he goes about blocking all of this drama out.


“Stop having interviews like this,” the Steelers quarterback replied.

After Roethlisberger was told by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com that some players like to use that outside talking as motivation, he was then asked in so many words to talk about how he personally deals with the things that are written or said about him by the media.

“Ignore it,” Roethlisberger said, before adding, “Especially your network [ESPN], no offense to you though, Jeremy.”

Well, it’s obvious that Roethlisberger doesn’t really ignore what ESPN has said recently about him and the team, right? Perhaps he and the rest of his Steelers teammates should just not watch or read anything said or written about the team until they right the proverbial ship on both sides of the football.

Like it or not, Roethlisberger’s facetious Sunday post-game comments about him possible not having it anymore has created quite a stir these past few days. While most of the media has obviously looked past those comments as merely being nothing more than Roethlisberger being frustrated following one of his worst games of his NFL career, he has to realize that the media loves those kinds of soundbites.

On Wednesday, Roethlisberger was asked to clarify that his Sunday post-game comments about him not having it anymore was indeed merely him being frustrated immediately following a very poor performance.

“Yeah, it’s just after post game,” Roethlisberger started to explain. “That’s the hardest part about having a bad game is letting the fans down, letting my teammates down. That’s what bothers me the most. It’s hard to do that, it’s frustrating and like I said, that bothers me way more than my own pride and things. It’s just letting other people down and especially my teammates. So that’s what bothers me the most.”

Roethlisberger was then asked if he knows he may have opened Pandora’s box with his Sunday comments about him possibly questioning his abilities right now.

“That’s fine, they can question me, I don’t question myself,” Roethlisberger said. “The ones that are close to me to don’t question me, that’s what matters. No offense to you guys, but it doesn’t really matter to me how you guys question me or not, or the quote unquote professional talking heads on other sports networks who are supposed experts and things like that.”

It certainly will be interesting to see how and if Roethlisberger is able to bounce back this coming Sunday in the Steelers. If for some reason the Steelers lose Sunday to the Chiefs and Roethlisberger plays a big part in that happening, he might as well not bother even turning on a television, radio or computer all next week.

  • Dan

    Gotta admit it would be pretty irritating if I had a gaggle of reporters surrounding me trying to dig into every little short coming everytime I had a bad day at the office. They’d have to pay me millions to put up with stuff like that.

  • Charles Mullins

    I like angry Ben.

  • dany

    “Ignore it,” Roethlisberger said, before adding, “Especially your network [ESPN], no offense to you though, Jeremy.”

    Ben should add: “and everyone else should do the same”

    seriously

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    You don’t question yourself, but you sure in the hell create storylines from week to week. I can’t deal sometimes! Not worried, but c’mon!!!

  • will

    Welcome to my world…….D. Trump

  • will

    “Hard Work beats Talent when Talent does not work hard.”

  • Jack Hambert

    He needs to take Aaron Roger’s position and say “Relax”.

  • SeventhHeavan

    Ben, what is wrong with you bro? First of all, you don’t voice doubting yourself. Then you get pissed when people ask you about it. Saying, “i’m one of the greatest that ever played” .Really? Leaders never say, “Maybe I don’t have it anymore”. Even if you think it, don’t say it to the public! Now he’s saying ” I don’t question myself”. Oh Ben, what are you doing? Come on man. I thought you were wiser and more mature than this? He’s digging a big a** hole for himself, and even more if he stinks up the joint against the Chiefs on Sunday. The only resolve here is playing like a hall of famer and winning in KC Sunday night….

  • HiVul

    In a way, he is dealing with the media like Trump this week. Claims he doesn’t care about the media, yet makes it clear he’s pissed about his media coverage.

  • Darth Blount 47

    “Well, I guess we’re just gonna have to go win the whole fuc**** thing…”

  • J.

    The quickest way to shut everyone up is go out and sting together some good and great games.

  • SeventhHeavan

    Haha…Amen brother

  • John A Stewart

    By the way Ben didn’t practice today him and Harrison had veterans day off unreal.

  • francesco

    Ben knows more than anybody that he has not played well. He does not have to hear it from the media at every corner. Give Ben space and see what unfolds in the course of this season. It’s his last year anyways. The media will have all the time in the world after Ben retires.

  • SilverSteel

    Who said that? Interesting quote

  • SilverSteel

    I hope that a joke… 😧

  • Steve

    Will – have seen that in the NFL. Some players think they have all the athletic ability that they don’t have to Study film or go over plays. Vince Young come to mind.

  • Steve

    Sorry – Wrong!

  • will

    Trump???? LOL