Big Ben proves he's worth the drama
It doesn't matter that some of the talking heads on ESPN labeled Ben Roethlisberger a so-called drama queen because he has a reputation for dramatizing his injuries.
What's important is that Roethlisberger is a so-called drama queen who has won two Super Bowl championships in his first five NFL seasons.
A little drama never hurt anybody.
The Steelers pay Big Ben big bucks because he makes plays other quarterbacks can only dream of pulling off.
His oh-no-he-didn't sideways scramble followed by a 14-yard zinger to Santonio Holmes late in Super Bowl XLIII was the play that set the game-winning drive in motion.
Roethlisberger will never throw a more perfect pass than his 6-yard, tight-spiral masterpiece to Holmes in the back corner of the end zone to beat the Arizona Cardinals.
It took one of the greatest throws in Super Bowl history to result in arguably the greatest catch in Super Bowl lore.
Roethlisberger delivered the ball to the one spot where only Holmes could make the catch.
It's a throw that will stand the test of time, the way Lynn Swann's juggling, lunging, 53-yard grab against Dallas in Super Bowl X still produces goose bumps every time you watch the replay.
The trick is knowing when to make the throw of a lifetime.
Roethlisberger knows. He's blessed with an impeccable sense of timing.
The only thing more spectacular than Roethlisberger pulling off the touchdown drive for the ages is him doing it as a member of the walking wounded.
It makes for a better story.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that Ben has earned the right to be Ben.
Instead of over-analyzing why Roethlisberger told SI.com he played Super Bowl XLIII with multiple broken ribs but didn't bother telling his coach, why not sit back and enjoy the ride?
You haven't seen anything yet.
The only thing that's more high maintenance than a quarterback with one Super Bowl ring is a two-time Super Bowl champion.
Let the fun begin.
The fascinating disconnect between Roethlisberger and the Steelers over the severity of his injuries this season is well-documented.
Director of football operations Kevin Colbert seemed to delight in denying any knowledge of Roethlisberger's broken ribs, as much as Ben seemed to enjoy talking about them.
What's that all about?
Aren't the star quarterback and his team supposed to be on the same page?
Apparently not. Ben's injury shouldn't have been a surprise to the Steelers, unless Colbert is an incredibly good actor.
Give Ben his due — please.
He loves the attention befitting a player of his stature. And in this case — being the winning quarterback in Super Bowl XLIII — he deserves every accolade coming his way.
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