The first day of practice in Latrobe saw the fans queuing up early to get into Saint Vincent College and an army of local and national reporters swarming around the players. And given the criticism Ben Roethlisberger has received from the press this offseason, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback received plenty of attention from the media once again on Friday.
Among a series of often repeated questions he must have been asked almost every year at the start of training camp, Roethlisberger was also asked about his plans for his radio show on 93.7 The Fan in 2019. But while there are those within the organization and the fan base who are hoping that it is gone for good, it would appear that Big Ben has yet to make up his mind.
“I haven’t made a final decision yet and luckily, I have a few weeks to decide.”
This is not the first time that Roethlisberger has been vague about his plans for his show this year and there is a palpable sense of reluctance on the part of the quarterback to give it up.
There can be little doubt that money cannot be a factor in this decision given the amount he earns from the Steelers. And when discussing the show in the past, Roethlisberger has claimed he likes it because it gives him an opportunity to provide the fans a unique insight into the team,
However, the reality of the show that airs at 11.00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning when most fans are likely too busy at work to tune in is that the most avid listeners are the media, A group hoping for some fodder to fill the sports pages rather than hear his latest amusing anecdote about last week’s game.
As someone who has spent several years churning out content off the back of his weekly interview, I will admit that his words often provide headline making remarks, but as a fan of the team, the entertainment value of the rare insights he shares is often marginal.
In his defense, the format of the show is designed to draw click bait worthy remarks out of him, with the hosts often pushing Big Ben to perhaps say more than he should. But if he continues with it in the same fashion as he has done previously, the drama free environment fans have been enjoying as of late could come to a crashing halt the next time he speaks out of turn.
Ben Roethlisberger spoke about the new faces, the offense, what motivates him and his teammates and more before the first practice of #SteelersCamp. pic.twitter.com/cD9ZKSdM40— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 26, 2019
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