For once in the past year Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
After losing to the Green Bay Packers in yesterday's Super Bowl 31-25 Roethlisberger stated the following: "I don't put the blame on anybody but myself. I feel like I let the city of Pittsburgh down, the fans, my coaches, my teammates. It's not a good feeling."
I guess someone of questionable integrity will sometimes tell the truth huh?
Roethlisberger should have been truthful when he got himself in trouble in Milledgeville, GA last March when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old co-ed.
He should have been straight-up about his horrific personality in public and how he distanced himself from his teammates. More importantly Roethlisberger should have been truthful about how he has disrespected himself and one of the storied franchises in professional sports.
Roethlisberger is correct. He cost his team another Super Bowl.
I agree with Roethlisberger whether he truly meant what he said at his press conference or not.
Roethlisberger was responsible for two of the three costly turnovers the Steelers committed by throwing two interceptions: One of which was a pick-six and provided Green Bay momentum.
There were flashes of Roethlisberger's unique skill-set as he scrambled and picked up several key first downs but that wasn't enough.
When the team needed him most Roethlisberger was not there: Just like he was not there at the beginning of the season.
Roethlisberger was estranged from his teammates as a result of violating the personal conduct policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell levied a six-game suspension then -- as a result of his improved behavior which to date no one has yet to clarify -- it was reduced to four games.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin rallied the troops in the embattled quarterbacks' absence. Tomlin managed to go 3-1 in while Big Ben was on vacation.
For all Tomlin had to endure in not having his star player, dealing with media, and managing to get his team in position to win another Super Bowl was great.
Can anyone explain to me why he, Tomlin, didn't receive one single vote for coach-of-the-year?
Anyway, back to Roethlisberger.
Despite the protection Roethlisberger received from the media, the NFL, and to some degree the Steelers' organization it was not enough to mask Big Ben's flaws.
Bottom line: Roethlisberger still thinks he's above the law. For all of the phony PR moves he's made from being interviewed by his buddy Merril Hoge, to ESPN running his commercial during the week of Super Bowl, to the media entering him in the protection program Roethlisberger he still came up short.
Can anyone say Karma?
For all the effort people put into manufacturing Roethlisbergers' so-called new personality he demonstrated in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl he's the same guy who let his team down in the beginning of the season.
This Super Bowl we saw what Roethlisberger is really made of. He's the guy who thinks he's a legend without putting in the work to be truly a legend. And to think some so-called experts were willing to put Roethlisberger in the same category as Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, and Troy Aikman.
Please. Give me a break.
Facts indicate Roethlisberger was terrible in the first Super Bowl he quarterbacked the Seattle Seahawks. His statistics were meager and really didn't factor into the outcome of the game. Roethlisberger even benefited from a goal-line touchdown where replays demonstrate he didn't score.
I guess he is just used to getting breaks huh?
Against the Arizona Cardinals two years ago Roethlisberger played fairly well. But if it were not for the hands of eventual Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes he'd still have just as many rings as the over-hyped Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
Now that the season is over Roethlisberger will continue to evade scrutiny from the media. But for all the phony smiling and pretending to be a changed man all season when Roethlisberger stated, "I don't put the blame on anybody but myself. I feel like I let the city of Pittsburgh down, the fans, my coaches, my teammates. It's not a good feeling" for once he was telling the truth.