Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger reveals big next step in feeling at home in return from surgery
Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger revealed an important next step in his recovery from elbow surgery (via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac).
#Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger jokes that he's tried talking TJ Watt into "giving him little bumps" so he can get used to be hit again. Shocker: He said no one's taken him up on it. 😉
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 27, 2020
Roethlisberger said playing a game is next biggest hurdle for him. "Getting hit and calming the nerves are going to be big for me."
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 27, 2020
Roethlisberger has been a constant rock on the team. However, in 2019 he appeared in just two games.
The quarterback played in the first two games of the 2019 season, throwing for 357 yards and one interception before leaving earlier in that second contest.
After that, the Steelers went with a combination of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges at the position. Both had good moments but struggled often as well—and that led to Pittsburgh taking some time to find its footing.
The team still managed a solid 8-8 record. And with their superstar veteran quarterback return, things could get interested.
He needs to make sure he can handle all the pressure that comes with returning though. And a major part of that is being able to take hits.
With that in mind, it sounds like Roethlisberger is trying to persuade some players to hit him. Something you probably don’t hear often from a quarterback.
However, you can forgive young players like T.J. Watt for not wanting to hit their quarterback.
It is probably a little nerve-wracking for a young star to hit their veteran quarterback. Especially one that is considered one of the best of all time. Watt definitely would not want to be responsible for putting Roethlisberger back on the shelf after he made so much progress in his recovery.
The quarterback seems ready to play though, and that’s great news for Pittsburgh fans. He wants to take some hits before the regular season to make sure everything is good to go though. Will anyone take him up on his offer?