You might question his decision making from time to time, but nobody would ever doubt Ben Roethlisberger’s toughness.
Wait, what’s that?
It seems retired NFL linebacker turned CBS analyst Bart Scott already did that during halftime of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Scott called Roethlisberger a “drama king” in reference to all of the injuries he’s sustained over the years.
The notion that Roethlisberger would fake injuries is absurd, but apparently the idea is out there or Scott wouldn’t have said anything. Even though the 13th-year veteran went on to finish a game against the Dolphins with a torn meniscus, he had to respond to the rather ridiculous accusation on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, as Jeremy Fowler for ESPN.com reports.
“I don’t know why [the perception exists],” Roethlisberger said. “I know, my teammates know, my trainers, my family, the stacks of medical records … not a lot of embellishing going on.”
Why there would be a perception that Roethlisberger is embellishing is unknown. Has he been hurt or banged up frequently throughout his career? Yes. Does he stand in the pocket and extend plays with his legs, from time to time, leaving himself open to taking some vicious hits? Absolutely.
Scott did play for the Ravens for seven seasons, so it’s not unreasonable to conclude there might be a little bit of a professional rivalry there, or even a grudge. Maybe he just finds it annoying that Roethlisberger seems to get dinged more than a lot of other quarterbacks.
Whatever the case may be, it’s very clear that not only is Roethlisberger not faking anything when it comes to injuries, he’s actually played through more than his fair share of things that would fell lesser men.