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By Mike Prisuta
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006

"The Revolution" has been rejected by Big Ben.

After further review, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't be experimenting with the Riddell Revolution helmet, as he had initially intended in training camp.

Instead, he'll be sticking with his standard Riddell VSR 4.

"We tried it on, and we didn't like it," Roethlisberger said of the Revolution. "You have to look almost through the face mask.

"My vision is a lot smaller, so we're just going to stay with (the one he's been using)."

The Revolution's protection extends an additional 3 to 4 inches around the jaw on each side, Steelers equipment manager Rodgers Freyvogel said.

Linebackers Joey Porter and James Farrior and nose tackle Casey Hampton are among current Steelers who have switched to the Revolution since its introduction two seasons ago.

"No helmets can prevent concussions," Freyvogel said. "This is one that they made that they think is the best at preventing concussions."

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Payton Manning also wears the Revolution.

"He's really, really comfortable in that VSR 4," Freyvogel said of Roethlisberger. "And he's the one that has to go out there and play."

Steelers coach Bill Cowher is content to let Roethlisberger make his own call to wear what he prefers.

"If he's happy, I'm happy," Cowher said.

Roethlisberger required seven hours of facial reconstruction after his involvement in a motorcycle accident June 12.

"The best protection isn't the newest technology in helmets or shoulder pads; It's my offensive line," Roethlisberger said. "Those guys are the best in the business. I'm a lucky guy."

Roethlisberger hasn't attached a chin strap to his VSR 4 yet.

"No point," he said. "Just like my rib pads, I don't put my rib pads on until game time."

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