Steelers select Roethlisberger as team MVP
So far in his six-year career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has collected a bevy of impressive awards, including the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2007.
But, he said those honors are nothing compared to being voted the team's Most Valuable Player by his teammates, an accolade announced after practice Thursday by coach Mike Tomlin.
"Maybe other than being voted captain, this probably means more to me than any other award," Roethlisberger said. "Rookie of the Year in the NFL, any award that I've ever won from the league, this tops them all because it's from my teammates.
"It was touching. I had to hold back some emotions when coach said it."
Roethlisberger deflected much of the credit for the award to his teammates.
"I think there were a lot of guys that were very deserving of this award," he said. "It would take me awhile to name them because there are so many, in my opinion."
But given that he has rewritten much of the Steelers record book this season, Roethlisberger was one of the clear choices for the award.
With one regular-season game to go Sunday at Miami, he has already set a new single-season team passing record (4,108 yards) and is on pace to set a new Steelers record in completion percentage (66.6).
Two weeks ago in the Steelers' 37-36 win over Green Bay, Roethlisberger threw for a team-record 503 yards. He gained the final yards of that prolific day on a last-second, 19-yard touchdown pass to rookie Mike Wallace -- a play that kept the team's slim playoff hopes alive.
When asked if he would trade the MVP award for a win Sunday and one of the AFC's two remaining wild-card spots, Roethlisberger's response was quick.
"Yes, I would," he said. "I would in a heartbeat."
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