Bashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has become something of a sport for the national media this offseason, fueled in part by the continual “revelations” of former players like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell and a running back called Joshua Harris who allegedly once spent a whole five weeks on the active roster back in 2014.
With the criticism of the Steelers quarterback ranging from the comical to the absurd, every aspect of Roethlisberger's character has been brought into question as of late. But whether is was Bell’s complaints that Big Ben did not try to become his best friend, Brown’s remarks about his leadership or Harris questioning his integrity, it would appear that both Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster have finally had enough of the negative talk surrounding their quarterback.
Posting a message in support of Roethlisberger via his Instagram account on Wednesday, Pouncey left no doubt how he felt about Big Ben, a sentiment Foster quickly endorsed with a response to the center’s post. The social media posts captured in an image shared by ESPN.
For those in the press who have been crowing about the lack of teammates rushing to defend Roethlisberger in the wake of criticism he has received, these words from two of the most established veterans on the team are sure to fall on deaf ears.
Dismissing the accusations of Harris as being simply ridiculous, it has been plain to see for sometime that the motivation behind Bell and Brown’s desire to leave was based around money and nothing more. Any suggestions that issues with Roethlisberger were at the heart of their decisions, merely a smokescreen to save face, especially in the case of AB.
It would be nice to believe that Pouncey and Foster speaking out will have ended this tiring national discussion about Big Ben, but I cannot say I would be prepared to bet on that happening anytime soon.