Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe became an internet sensation after throwing a leaping touchdown pass during Kansas City’s Week 16 victory over the Denver Broncos.
That highlight caught the attention of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who gave the 346-pound defensive tackle some kudos Wednesday.
“I mean this, I’m not trying to be facetious or be silly. I thought it was one more that athletic things I’ve seen a big guy do,” Roethlisberger said, according to ESPN’s Adam Telcher. “It’s obvious he’s gonna run it in and then to jump . . . It looks like a cross between a pass and a basketball shot.
“You can just tell he’s athletic. I mean that. If you talk to him tell him I think it was an awesome play. That was really cool to see. I love the big guys. I love my lineman. Anytime you see a big guy make a play like that it’s pretty cool.”
Poe probably appreciates Roethlisberger’s compliment, but that probably won’t stop the massive lineman from trying to sack Big Ben throughout Sunday’s divisional round clash at Arrowhead Stadium.