Also plagued by arm, shoulder and rib injuries throughout 2012, Pittsburgh (8-8) needs the 6-foot-5, 241 pound Roethlisberger to start the season completely healthy.
“It feels great, it feels better than ever, like it’s a brand new knee and I feel younger than ever, I feel good,” said Roethlisberger, 31, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl championships since earning the 2004 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Tossing 26 scores, against a mere eight picks, for 3,265 yards in 13 games, “Big Ben,” is an instinctual signal-caller who thrives by scrambling, creating and extending plays.
Hence, considering their surefire future Hall of Famer was wounded and missed invaluable action, it’s not coincidental the Steelers struggled on the gridiron last autumn.
Long criticized, ridiculed and punished for his boorish behavior and actions away from the field, Roethlisberger seems to have matured as a man and is poised to revitalize Pittsburgh’s offensive attack.
Despite losing key performers on both sides of the ball, Roethlisberger makes the Steelers as viable a contender as any to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII next February in the swamps of Jersey.
Feeling “better than ever,” expect Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers to surprise critics in 2013.by