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Ben Roethlisberger says Rocky Bleier 'obviously entitled' to criticize Steelers

Chris Adamski
| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, 12:48 p.m.
Steelers President Art Rooney II with Rocky Bleier during the Hall of Honor announcement  Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Saint Vincent College.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers President Art Rooney II with Rocky Bleier during the Hall of Honor announcement Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Saint Vincent College.

A day after Mike Tomlin said he “appreciates and respects” when legacy Pittsburgh Steelers criticize the current team and its players/coaches , Ben Roethlisberger said the Steelers “understand where the frustration comes from.”

The head coach and the franchise quarterback were speaking on the topic because of the comments four-time 1970s Steelers Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier said in a video posted to his verified social media accounts Monday.

Among other things, Bleier questioned if Tomlin was a part of the team’s future and said “I’m done! They’ve ripped my heart out .” (Although Bleier has walked back those comments since).

“Former players come out who have paved the way for us, they are entitled to say what they want,” Roethlisberger said. “There is nothing wrong with that, but as a family – and we consider Rocky family – we would hope he wouldn’t say those things, but he’s obviously entitled to. We understand where the frustration comes from.”

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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