Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won two Super Bowls early in his career, and he still goes back to those magical moments when he’s on the field.
Roethlisberger has never shied away from clutch moments, and he came through with a big one last Sunday. The Steelers were tied 28-28 against the Green Bay Packers with 17 seconds remaining in the game. Within three plays, Roethlisberger had them in position for a game-winning field goal.
The pressure clearly doesn’t bother him, and he has no problem saying that his Super Bowl success gives him calm in late-game situations.
“I’ve been in almost every situation — I’ve had a drive in the Super Bowl to win it,” Roethlisberger said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “So I’ve been in a lot of different situations. I think you can go back to those situations when you’re in the next moment and recall things.”
That drive in Super Bowl 43 does make every other late-game situation pale in comparison.
The Arizona Cardinals took a 23-20 lead with just under 3 minutes remaining in the game, after quarterback Kurt Warner completed a 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Roethlisberger marched the Steelers down the field, and finished off the drive with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Santonio Holmes to take the lead with 42 seconds remaining. Roethlisberger pulled off that drive in his fifth NFL season.
“As a competitor, I want those moments,” he said.
After coming through in that situation, a Sunday in November against the Packers is much less stressful.