Steelers news: Ryan Clark says teammates believed Ben Roethlisberger changed after winning a Super Bowl
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Ryan Clark says Steelers teammates believed Ben Roethlisberger changed after winning a Super Bowl

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been under some fire of late due to his questionable leadership abilities, as one of the main reasons why Antonio Brown did not work out in Pittsburgh was because of his shaky relationship with Roethlisberger.

Former Steelers safety Ryan Clark said that Roethlisberger’s teammates believed that he changed after winning his first Super Bowl during the 2005-06 campaign.

Clark was not there at the time, as he did not join the Steelers until 2006, so he is just recycling what other players who were there had told him:

“It was just that people felt like, guys who were there before me, because obviously it was the first year I was there, felt like the guy he was coming into the league and the way that he behaved in his first two years, changed after they won a Super Bowl, changed after they won a championship,” Clark said on ESPN’s Get Up! on Monday morning. “He distanced himself from the team. He wasn’t a guy who ingratiated himself into the culture of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the people in that locker room.”

Clark went on to add that Roethlisberger is not a born leader:

“He’s not a natural leader,” Clark said. “Caring about people above himself is not something that comes easy to him. And so it’s something he’s had to work on. We had a players only meeting my first year about Ben. Like the legit reason that the meeting was called was to talk about Ben and the way that he related to the team. And so he had to work on those things. But to say that a guy fumbled the ball intentionally, it’s just hard for me to believe that.”

While Brown certainly has his own issues that cannot be pinned on Roethlisberger, there is obviously something to the notion that Big Ben is not exactly the greatest locker room guy.