Many around the NFL were highly anticipating the New England Patriots trip to Heinz Field on Sunday, a clash between two of the AFC’s most prolific offenses. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will likely miss the Week 7 matchup, unfortunately, after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus Monday morning. The team has not announced a timetable for his return.
Brady and Roethlisberger have paired up for some unforgettable games during the years, and the Patriots’ 17-year quarterback views his meetings with the Steelers, and Roethlisberger specifically, fondly.
“He’s one of the toughest guys in the league,” Brady told Boston radio station WEEI on Monday. “I would never rule him out. He’s (come off the operating table) and throwing for 400 yards.”
“He’s a stud, he’s just an incredible player. Nothing surprises me with him. He’s one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever played against. I would never count him out.”
Brady has always been a student of the game, consistently studying and praising his most fierce quarterback rival, Peyton Manning, for years. He broke down what he loves about Roethlisberger’s game as well.
“I’ve always watched him from afar,” Brady said. “He’s just such a great player. He’s been the leader of that team for a long time and done a great job at it and they always seem like they’re right in the mix.
“I think he displays toughness, he has a very unique style of play. It’s pretty spectacular to watch the way he’s able to shrug off defenders and make plays and throw the ball down the field, and he’s having such a great season this year.”