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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on deflated footballs and PSI: "I just play."

When asking Ben Roethlisberger about how he likes his footballs inflated, the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback doesn't really care what the PSI level is.

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In a time when discussions on deflated footballs and PSI levels have become a centerpiece of sports talk radio and the like thanks to the "deflategate" scandal with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, a narrative has been brewing amongst those who have tried to marginalize the Patriots' infringement. Whether it be former quarterbacks like Jeff Blake or Matt Leinart, or even the New England Patriots themselves, there seems to be a concentrated effort to make it seem as if "every team" deflates footballs and is guilty of what the Patriots have been caught doing.

Not so, says Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger was very plain and straight-forward about his answer to the question of whether or not he tampers with footballs.

"Whatever they put it at, I play it," Roethlisberger said, according to Mark Kaboly of "I am not one who even messes with the balls before the game to see the ones I like. I just go play."

Roethlisberger led the NFL in passing yardage in 2014, but when asked about how he likes his footballs, he said he had "no idea" about what PSI level or how inflated or deflated he liked them to be.

This seems to dispel the rumor that all other teams deflate footballs, or that all quarterbacks look to deflate footballs to gain a competitive advantage. By Ben's comments that the air pressure level of footballs is not something of his concern going into an NFL game it certainly isn't the case.

While the narrative will continue to grow throughtout the 4-game suspension of Tom Brady, that has an impending appeals process ahead of it, more light should be shed as to what current NFL quarterbacks do with their footballs. Do more quarterbacks mess with footballs than we know? It will help see whether or not the illegal deflation of footballs is a common violation across the league, or if the assertion that all 32 teams in the league are guilty of the act was just another smokescreen amid the scandal.