The Pittsburgh Steelers, and their global fan base, know all too well what is the most important player on the Steelers’ roster. It might be the one player who has the biggest impact on the team winning and losing.
That would be none other than quarterback Ben Roethliseberger.
Monday, Roethlisberger posted a video of not just his beard getting a trim, but also him throwing to teammates JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ryan Switzer and James Conner.
In case you missed it, check it out:
The beard is trimmed...— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 18, 2020
...you know what that means @_BigBen7 | @TeamJuJu | @JamesConner_ | @Switz pic.twitter.com/YLTtCynK25
One of the players who was catching passes from Roethlisberger in the above video was running back James Conner. Conner recently joined ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his podcast to talk about a myriad of topics, but none trumped the future health of the Steelers’ franchise quarterback.
Schefter asked how Roethlisberger has been looking during these workouts, and Conner was candid in his response.
“Yes, we’ve been at his place. Throwin’ it around.” Conner said. “He is lookin’ good, man, he got a haircut too. He is looking good throwing the ball, and he is stylin’ now too.
“It’s been fun, man, and it’s been awesome, this year. We’ve really grown as teammates and friends. All of us from receivers like JuJu (Smith-Schuster) and Switz (Ryan Switzer) and just being around them it is motivating, encouraging. Ben, he is looking great.”
The follow up question was obvious, and Schefter delivered. Does Conner have any doubts regarding Roethlisberger’s health? Does he feel confident in his ability to lead the Steelers to victory in 2020?
“I don’t have no doubts, personally I know his work ethic. I know his mindset of what he is capable of and what he wants to do.” Conner replied. “That is what we all want to do, and that’s win and win it all. Take it one game at a time.
“He is looking healthy. He is fired up and anxious to play, and I can’t wait to get out there with him and play my heart out for him and the rest of our teammates.”
To suggest Roethlisberger is anxious to play might be a giant understatement. Roethlisberger, who was injured in Week 2 of the 2019 season, had to sit and watch a budding defense dominate, and an offense flounder with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges at the helm.
How important is the quarterback in the NFL? Steelers fans saw just that in 2019, and it wasn’t very pretty. The simple fact remains, with Roethlisberger this team is considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Without Roethlisberger, at least at the current moment, they are nothing more than pretenders.
If you put any stock in the video which was shared, and Conner’s comments to Schefter, it seems as if Roethlisberger is back and ready to do what he has done his entire career — win.
To listen to the entire podcast, check the tweet below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the 2020 regular season.
Steelers’ RB James Conner, whose contract is up after this season, said it would be hard to leave Pittsburgh.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 19, 2020