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Steelers se Ben Roethlisberger verkenningsplekke in Pittsburgh vir 'n nuwe restaurant

Steelers se Ben Roethlisberger verkenningsplekke in Pittsburgh vir 'n nuwe restaurant

Die lokaal, gebaseer op 'n ketting uit Suid -Carolina, sal waarskynlik hulde bring aan Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger van die Pittsburgh Steelers open 'n restaurant in die tuisstad van sy span.

Steelers se agterspeler Ben Roethlisberger oorweeg na berig word die North Shore, 'n woonbuurt in sy span se tuisdorp Pittsburgh, vir 'n moontlike ligging van King Street Grille.

Die restaurantketting in Suid-Carolina het onlangs saamgewerk met Roethlisberger vir sy uitbreiding na Pittsburgh, wat die quarterback na dieselfde buurt gebring het as Jerome Bettis Grille 36, die restaurant in besit van sy gewese spanmaat, afgetrede Steeler Jerome Bettis.

Hoewel Scott Kier, die eienaar van die ketting, nog 'n huurkontrak vir 'n North Shore -lokasie onderteken het, het Tod Dundas, bedryfsdirekteur, gesê. het die Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gesê dat die gebied 'is waarna ons nou kyk'.

Volgens die Gazette sluit die beskikbare North Shore -plekke in wat die tuiste sou gewees het Toby Keith se I Love This Bar and Grill, 'n ander ketting in besit van beroemdhede, wat finansieel sukkel en plekke in die land gesluit het.

Om voordeel te trek uit die roem van Roethlisberger, het Dundas aan die Gazette gesê, sal die komende restaurant waarskynlik 'n ander naam as King Street Grille gebruik. Op die oomblik oorweeg die ketting om die restaurant Seven Grille and Taproom te bel en hulde te bring aan die trui nommer van die quarterback.


Roethlisberger het wel 'n spoggerige statistiek: 'n rekord van 18-1

PITTSBURGH, 25 November - 'n Deel van Ben Roethlisberger beny Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger sal graag die bal 35 keer per wedstryd wil gooi, soos Manning dikwels doen wanneer hy die sterk aanval van die onoorwonne Indianapolis Colts lei. Maar die Pittsburgh Steelers speel nie pret nie. So onderdruk Roethlisberger sy gewapende instinkte, hoewel hy hom dikwels voorstel dat hy in 'n minder konserwatiewe stelsel speel.

"As 'n quarterback wil jy altyd die bal gooi," het Roethlisberger, Vrydag in die kleedkamer gesit, terwyl die Steelers (7-3) Maandagaand na Indianapolis (10-0) gekyk het. Dit kwel jou, want ek weet dat ek dit kan doen, en ek wens ek kon aan mense bewys dat ek dit kon.

'Maar wen -speletjies sorg vir alles anders. Ek verstaan ​​waaroor hierdie oortreding gaan, waaroor hierdie span gaan en wat nodig is om wedstryde te wen. Solank ons ​​wen, is ek 'm O.K. daarmee, dink ek. & quot

Die oorwinning was die grootste sterkte van Roethlisberger sedert hy verlede jaar by die Steelers aangesluit het, toe hy 'n nuweling -sensasie geword het en 'n Pittsburgh -restaurant geïnspireer het om 'n toebroodjie ter ere van hom te noem. Alhoewel hy nog nooit meer as 30 aangee in 'n gewone seisoenwedstryd probeer het nie, is Roethlisberger 18-1 as voorgereg, en het hy 60.8 persent van sy aangee hierdie seisoen voltooi, met 11 afknoppies en 2 onderskepings.

Roethlisberger keer terug na 'n afwesigheid van drie wedstryde weens 'n knieoperasie, verbeter die kans op Pittsburgh om die onoorwonne seisoen van Colts te bederf. Die Steelers het sonder hom in die span gesukkel en hul laaste wedstryd teen Baltimore met 16-13 verloor, met Tommy Maddox as quarterback. Maar met Roethlisberger terug, is die Steelers van plan om by die basiese beginsels van die Colts te bly - stamp hulle met 'n hardloopwedstryd met Willie Parker en Jerome Bettis, speel goeie verdediging en kombineer tydige passe deur Roethlisberger, wat erken dat hierdie wedstryd gevoel het spesiaal.

"Daar is baie hype, met hulle 10-0, wat op hul plek speel op Maandag Nagvoetbal," het Roethlisberger gesê. Ons kan nie die spel met 'n hype speel nie. Maar op hierdie stadium is dit vir ons die grootste wedstryd van die jaar. & Quot

Dit het verlede seisoen slegs 'n paar wedstryde geneem voordat Pittsburgh Roethlisberger omhels het. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, 'n restaurant met vier plekke in die stad, beskik oor die Roethlisburger, 'n toebroodjie met wors, hamburger, gebakte eier en die keuse tussen blaarslaai, tamatie en mayonnaise.

"Ons het 'n toebroodjie gehad wat nie 'n naam gehad het nie, en daarom het ons gedink: Hoekom nie?" Sê Lou Bosser, die eienaar van een van die Peppi -winkels. Dit was asof ons die lotery bereik het. Dit was baie gewild op speeldae, en ons het mense van plekke soos Texas en Kanada laat binnekom om dit te bestel. Steelers Nation is oral. & Quot

Maar Roethlisberger het sy kritiek in die gesig gestaar nadat die gereelde seisoen van die Steelers ' 15-1 nie tot 'n Super Bowl-voorkoms gelei het nie. Roethlisberger het drie onderskepte gegooi toe Pittsburgh in die Amerikaanse kampioenskapswedstryd met 41-27 teen New England verloor het, en 'n fantastiese seisoen was frustrerend.

"Teleurstelling kom by die posisie in hierdie stad en in enige stad," het Mark Whipple, die Steelers ' quarterback -afrigter, gesê. As u by hierdie gebou instap en u vier Super Bowl -trofeë sien, spreek dit boekdele waaroor die stad gaan en waaroor die Steelers gaan.

Maar ek dink hy het dit goed hanteer, soos blyk uit sy spel hierdie jaar. Hy het gedurende die buiteseisoen hard gewerk aan voetwerk, grondbeginsels, leesdekking, die insig in die skemas van ons oortreding. Ons het baie dinge op hom in die kamp gesit, hom gedwing om dinge te doen wat hy nie so gemaklik was met die vorige jaar nie. Ek dink dit het hom gehelp om nog meer selfvertroue te kry. & Quot

Roethlisberger wou deur die pyn in sy regterknie speel, maar Bill Cowher, afrigter van Steelers, het hom oorreed om vroeër hierdie maand 'n operasie te ondergaan. Dit was moeilik vir Roethlisberger om na wedstryde te kyk. Toe die Steelers 'n paar weke gelede op Green Bay wen, kon Roethlisberger nie reis nie, en kyk saam met vriende tuis en skree opdragte by die televisie.

"Ek het opgetree asof my spanmaats my kon hoor," het Roethlisberger gesê.

Roethlisberger het hierdie seisoen opgedra aan sy oupa Ken Carl Roethlisberger, wat in die somer op 83-jarige ouderdom gesterf het. Oupa en kleinseun was naby, en die 23-jarige Roethlisberger het gesê dit was moeilik om aan te pas by die leemte in sy lewe.

"Dit was baie moeilik om hom te verloor," het Roethlisberger gesê. Hy het my nooit as 'n Steeler persoonlik kon sien speel nie, maar ek dink hy het nou sitplekke in die voorste ry vir al die wedstryde. & quot

Terwyl Indianapolis die gunsteling was om die AFC te wen, hoop die Steelers om twyfel in die Colts ' -gedagtes te plant deur Maandag te wen. Nog voordat sy oupa gesterf het, het Roethlisberger gesê dat hierdie jaar spesiaal was, want dit kan die laaste wees vir Bettis, wat vyfde is op die N.F.L. 's -loopbaanslys.

"As jy nie die Super Bowl wen nie, is dit 'n teleurstelling, veral as jy te kort skiet soos ons verlede jaar vir ons gedoen het," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit is waarskynlik verlede jaar Jerome's, en ons wil nie hê dat dit in teleurstelling moet eindig nie."

Roethlisberger het verlede jaar sy spanmaats beïndruk deur maklik in die voorgereg te tree, 'n aanvallende leier te word terwyl hy sy veteraan -spanmaats respekteer.

"Ben besef dat hy nog besig is om te leer, en dat hy nie alles hoef te doen nie," het die breë ontvanger Hines Ward gesê. Hy het 'n goeie verdediging gehad, 'n goeie aanvallende lyn, 'n agteruitgang, 'n ontvangers. Al wat hy hoef te doen was om te speel. & Quot

Roethlisberger het so goed gespeel dat sommige spanne moontlik spyt was dat hulle hom nie in 2004 opgestel het nie. Roethlisberger het in die hande van Pittsburgh geval op nommer 11 nadat Eli Manning in die eerste plek geneem is en Philip Rivers nr. 4 gekies is. Hy sal altyd word met dié twee vergelyk, maar hy het hoër doelwitte as om te probeer bewys dat hy die eerste gekeurde agterspeler moes gewees het.

"Ek wil in die algemeen die beste quarterback wees, nie net onder die ouens in my konsepklas nie," het Roethlisberger gesê, wat 'n universiteitsbal gespeel het vir die relatief lae-watt-program van Miami of Ohio.

Ek weet Manning en Rivers is voor my uitgelê. Maar my doel is om die beste te wees. Ek weet nie of ek ooit die beste statistieke in die liga sal opstel nie, so ek weet nie of ek ooit 'n M.V.P.-tipe man sal wees nie. Maar as ek kan voortgaan om sokkerwedstryde te wen, sal mense my miskien so oordeel. & Quot

Nadat hy dit gesê het, sien Roethlisberger 'n kans om 'n slag in die Steelers ' luidrugtige kleedkamer te gooi. Hy bal sy vuil sokkies op, sit sy arm vas en gooi 'n staking wat die niksvermoedende wye ontvanger Antwaan Randle El in die kop getref het.

Roethlisberger giggel. Teen die Colts sal hy sy ingooi 'n bietjie ernstiger neem. "Ek is so bly om terug te wees," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit gaan opwindend wees."


Roethlisberger het wel 'n spoggerige statistiek: 'n rekord van 18-1

PITTSBURGH, 25 November - 'n Deel van Ben Roethlisberger beny Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger sal graag die bal 35 keer per wedstryd wil gooi, soos Manning dikwels doen wanneer hy die sterk aanval van die onoorwonne Indianapolis Colts lei. Maar die Pittsburgh Steelers speel nie pret nie. So onderdruk Roethlisberger sy skietery -instinkte, hoewel hy hom dikwels voorstel dat hy in 'n minder konserwatiewe stelsel speel.

"As 'n quarterback wil jy altyd die bal gooi," het Roethlisberger, Vrydag in die kleedkamer gesit, terwyl die Steelers (7-3) Maandagaand na Indianapolis (10-0) gekyk het. Dit kwel jou, want ek weet dat ek dit kan doen, en ek wens ek kon aan mense bewys dat ek dit kon.

'Maar wen -speletjies sorg vir alles anders. Ek verstaan ​​waaroor hierdie oortreding gaan, waaroor hierdie span gaan en wat nodig is om wedstryde te wen. Solank ons ​​wen, is ek 'm O.K. daarmee, dink ek. & quot

Die oorwinning was die grootste sterkte van Roethlisberger sedert hy verlede jaar by die Steelers aangesluit het, toe hy 'n nuweling -sensasie geword het en 'n Pittsburgh -restaurant geïnspireer het om 'n toebroodjie ter ere van hom te noem. Alhoewel hy nog nooit meer as 30 aangee in 'n gewone seisoenwedstryd probeer het nie, is Roethlisberger 18-1 as voorgereg, en het hy hierdie seisoen 60.8 persent van sy aangee voltooi, met 11 terugslae en 2 onderskepings.

Roethlisberger keer terug na 'n afwesigheid van drie wedstryde weens 'n knieoperasie, verbeter die kans op Pittsburgh om die onoorwonne seisoen van Colts te bederf. Die Steelers het sonder hom in die span gesukkel en hul laaste wedstryd teen Baltimore met 16-13 verloor, met Tommy Maddox as quarterback. Maar met Roethlisberger terug, is die Steelers van plan om by die basiese beginsels van die Colts te bly - stamp hulle met 'n hardloopwedstryd met Willie Parker en Jerome Bettis, speel goeie verdediging en kombineer tydige passe deur Roethlisberger, wat erken dat hierdie wedstryd gevoel het spesiaal.

"Daar is baie hype, met hulle 10-0, wat op hul plek speel op Maandag Nagvoetbal," het Roethlisberger gesê. Ons kan nie die spel met 'n hype speel nie. Maar op hierdie stadium is dit vir ons die grootste wedstryd van die jaar. & Quot

Dit het verlede seisoen slegs 'n paar wedstryde geneem voordat Pittsburgh Roethlisberger omhels het. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, 'n restaurant met vier plekke in die stad, beskik oor die Roethlisburger, 'n toebroodjie met wors, hamburger, gebakte eier en die keuse tussen blaarslaai, tamatie en mayonnaise.

"Ons het 'n toebroodjie gehad wat nie 'n naam gehad het nie, en daarom het ons gedink:" Hoekom nie? "Sê Lou Bosser, die eienaar van een van die Peppi -winkels. Dit was asof ons die lotery bereik het. Dit was baie gewild op speeldae, en ons het mense van plekke soos Texas en Kanada laat binnekom om dit te bestel. Steelers Nation is oral. & Quot

Maar Roethlisberger het sy kritiek in die gesig gestaar nadat die gereelde seisoen van die Steelers ' 15-1 nie tot 'n Super Bowl-voorkoms gelei het nie. Roethlisberger het drie onderskepte gegooi toe Pittsburgh in die Amerikaanse kampioenskapswedstryd met 41-27 teen New England verloor het, en 'n fantastiese seisoen was frustrerend.

"Teleurstelling kom by die posisie in hierdie stad en in enige stad," het Mark Whipple, die Steelers ' quarterback -afrigter, gesê. As u by hierdie gebou instap en u vier Super Bowl -trofeë sien, spreek dit boekdele waaroor die stad gaan en waaroor die Steelers gaan.

Maar ek dink hy het dit goed hanteer, soos blyk uit sy spel hierdie jaar. Hy het gedurende die buiteseisoen hard gewerk aan voetwerk, grondbeginsels, leesdekking, die verstaan ​​van die skemas van ons oortreding. Ons het baie dinge op hom in die kamp gesit, hom gedwing om 'n paar dinge te doen wat hy nie so gemaklik was met die jaar tevore nie. Ek dink dit het hom gehelp om nog meer selfvertroue te kry. & Quot

Roethlisberger wou deur die pyn in sy regterknie speel, maar Bill Cowher, afrigter van Steelers, het hom oorreed om vroeër hierdie maand 'n operasie te ondergaan. Dit was moeilik vir Roethlisberger om na wedstryde te kyk. Toe die Steelers 'n paar weke gelede op Green Bay wen, kon Roethlisberger nie reis nie, en kyk saam met vriende tuis en skree opdragte by die televisie.

"Ek het opgetree asof my spanmaats my kon hoor," het Roethlisberger gesê.

Roethlisberger het hierdie seisoen opgedra aan sy oupa Ken Carl Roethlisberger, wat in die somer op 83-jarige ouderdom gesterf het. Oupa en kleinseun was naby, en die 23-jarige Roethlisberger het gesê dit was moeilik om aan te pas by die leemte in sy lewe.

"Dit was baie moeilik om hom te verloor," het Roethlisberger gesê. Hy het my nooit as 'n Steeler persoonlik kon sien speel nie, maar ek dink hy het nou sitplekke in die voorste ry vir al die wedstryde. & quot

Terwyl Indianapolis die gunsteling was om die AFC te wen, hoop die Steelers om twyfel in die Colts ' -gedagtes te plant deur Maandag te wen. Nog voordat sy oupa gesterf het, het Roethlisberger gesê dat hierdie jaar spesiaal was, want dit kan die laaste wees vir Bettis, wat vyfde is op die N.F.L. 's -loopbaanslys.

"As jy nie die Super Bowl wen nie, is dit 'n teleurstelling, veral as jy te kort skiet soos ons verlede jaar vir ons gedoen het," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit is waarskynlik verlede jaar Jerome's, en ons wil nie hê dat dit in teleurstelling moet eindig nie."

Roethlisberger het sy spanmaats verlede jaar beïndruk deur maklik in die voorgereg te tree, 'n aanvallende leier te word terwyl hy sy veteraan -spanmaats respekteer.

"Ben besef dat hy nog besig is om te leer, en dat hy nie alles hoef te doen nie," het Hines Ward, 'n wye ontvanger, gesê. Hy het 'n goeie verdediging gehad, hy het 'n goeie aanvallende lyn, hy het agteruitlopers gehad, hy het ontvangers. Al wat hy hoef te doen was om te speel. & Quot

Roethlisberger het so goed gespeel dat sommige spanne dalk spyt was dat hulle hom nie in 2004 opgestel het nie. Roethlisberger het in die hande van Pittsburgh geval op nommer 11 nadat Eli Manning in die eerste plek geneem is en Philip Rivers nr. 4 gekies is. Hy sal altyd word met dié twee vergelyk, maar hy het hoër doelwitte as om te probeer bewys dat hy die eerste gekeurde agterspeler moes gewees het.

"Ek wil in die algemeen die beste quarterback wees, nie net onder die ouens in my konsepklas nie," het Roethlisberger gesê, wat 'n universiteitsbal gespeel het vir die relatief lae-watt-program van Miami of Ohio.

Ek weet Manning en Rivers is voor my uitgelê. Maar my doel is om die beste te wees. Ek weet nie of ek ooit die beste statistieke in die liga sal opstel nie, so ek weet nie of ek ooit 'n M.V.P.-tipe man sal wees nie. Maar as ek kan voortgaan om sokkerwedstryde te wen, sal mense my miskien so oordeel. & Quot

Nadat hy dit gesê het, sien Roethlisberger 'n kans om 'n slag in die Steelers ' luidrugtige kleedkamer te gooi. Hy bal sy vuil sokkies op, sit sy arm vas en gooi 'n staking wat die niksvermoedende wye ontvanger Antwaan Randle El in die kop getref het.

Roethlisberger giggel. Teen die Colts sal hy sy ingooi 'n bietjie ernstiger neem. "Ek is so bly om terug te wees," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit gaan opwindend wees."


Roethlisberger het wel 'n spoggerige statistiek: 'n rekord van 18-1

PITTSBURGH, 25 November - 'n Deel van Ben Roethlisberger beny Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger sal graag die bal 35 keer per wedstryd wil gooi, soos Manning dikwels doen wanneer hy die sterk aanval van die onoorwonne Indianapolis Colts lei. Maar die Pittsburgh Steelers speel nie pret nie. So onderdruk Roethlisberger sy vuurwapeninstinkte, hoewel hy hom dikwels voorstel dat hy in 'n minder konserwatiewe stelsel speel.

"As 'n quarterback wil jy altyd die bal gooi," het Roethlisberger, Vrydag in die kleedkamer gesit, terwyl die Steelers (7-3) Maandagaand na Indianapolis (10-0) gekyk het. Dit kwel jou, want ek weet dat ek dit kan doen, en ek wens ek kon aan mense bewys dat ek dit kon.

'Maar wen -speletjies sorg vir alles anders. Ek verstaan ​​waaroor hierdie oortreding gaan, waaroor hierdie span gaan en wat nodig is om wedstryde te wen. Solank ons ​​wen, is ek 'm O.K. daarmee, dink ek. & quot

Die oorwinning was die grootste sterkte van Roethlisberger sedert hy verlede jaar by die Steelers aangesluit het, toe hy 'n nuweling -sensasie geword het en 'n Pittsburgh -restaurant geïnspireer het om 'n toebroodjie ter ere van hom te noem. Alhoewel hy nog nooit meer as 30 aangee in 'n gewone seisoenwedstryd probeer het nie, is Roethlisberger 18-1 as voorgereg, en het hy hierdie seisoen 60.8 persent van sy aangee voltooi, met 11 terugslae en 2 onderskepings.

Roethlisberger keer terug na 'n afwesigheid van drie wedstryde weens 'n knieoperasie, verbeter die kans op Pittsburgh om die onoorwonne seisoen van Colts te bederf. Die Steelers het sonder hom in die span gesukkel en hul laaste wedstryd teen Baltimore met 16-13 verloor, met Tommy Maddox as quarterback. Maar met Roethlisberger terug, is die Steelers van plan om by die basiese beginsels van die Colts te bly - stamp hulle met 'n hardloopwedstryd met Willie Parker en Jerome Bettis, speel goeie verdediging en kombineer tydige passe deur Roethlisberger, wat erken dat hierdie wedstryd gevoel het spesiaal.

"Daar is baie hype, met hulle 10-0, wat op hul plek speel op Maandag Nagvoetbal," het Roethlisberger gesê. Ons kan nie die spel met 'n hype speel nie. Maar op hierdie stadium is dit vir ons die grootste wedstryd van die jaar. & Quot

Dit het verlede seisoen net 'n paar wedstryde geneem voordat Pittsburgh Roethlisberger kon omhels. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, 'n restaurant met vier plekke in die stad, beskik oor die Roethlisburger, 'n toebroodjie met wors, hamburger, gebakte eier en die keuse tussen blaarslaai, tamatie en mayonnaise.

"Ons het 'n toebroodjie gehad wat nie 'n naam gehad het nie, en daarom het ons gedink:" Hoekom nie? "Sê Lou Bosser, die eienaar van een van die Peppi -winkels. Dit was asof ons die lotery bereik het. Dit was baie gewild op speeldae, en ons het mense van plekke soos Texas en Kanada laat binnekom om dit te bestel. Steelers Nation is oral. & Quot

Maar Roethlisberger het sy kritiek in die gesig gestaar nadat die gereelde seisoen van die Steelers ' 15-1 nie tot 'n Super Bowl-voorkoms gelei het nie. Roethlisberger het drie onderskepte gegooi toe Pittsburgh in die Amerikaanse kampioenskapswedstryd met 41-27 teen New England verloor het, en 'n fantastiese seisoen was frustrerend.

"Teleurstelling kom by die posisie in hierdie stad en in enige stad," het Mark Whipple, die Steelers ' quarterback -afrigter, gesê. As u by hierdie gebou instap en u vier Super Bowl -trofeë sien, spreek dit boekdele waaroor die stad gaan en waaroor die Steelers gaan.

Maar ek dink hy het dit goed hanteer, soos blyk uit sy spel hierdie jaar. Hy het gedurende die buiteseisoen hard gewerk aan voetwerk, grondbeginsels, leesdekking, die insig in die skemas van ons oortreding. Ons het baie dinge op hom in die kamp gesit, hom gedwing om dinge te doen wat hy nie so gemaklik was met die vorige jaar nie. Ek dink dit het hom gehelp om nog meer selfvertroue te kry. & Quot

Roethlisberger wou deur die pyn in sy regterknie speel, maar Bill Cowher, afrigter van Steelers, het hom oorreed om vroeër hierdie maand 'n operasie te ondergaan. Dit was moeilik vir Roethlisberger om na wedstryde te kyk. Toe die Steelers 'n paar weke gelede op Green Bay wen, kon Roethlisberger nie reis nie, en kyk saam met vriende tuis en skree opdragte by die televisie.

"Ek het opgetree asof my spanmaats my kon hoor," het Roethlisberger gesê.

Roethlisberger het hierdie seisoen opgedra aan sy oupa Ken Carl Roethlisberger, wat in die somer op 83-jarige ouderdom gesterf het. Oupa en kleinseun was naby, en die 23-jarige Roethlisberger het gesê dit was moeilik om aan te pas by die leemte in sy lewe.

"Dit was baie moeilik om hom te verloor," het Roethlisberger gesê. Hy het my nooit as 'n Steeler persoonlik kon sien speel nie, maar ek dink hy het nou sitplekke in die voorste ry vir al die wedstryde. & quot

Terwyl Indianapolis die gunsteling was om die AFC te wen, hoop die Steelers om twyfel in die Colts ' -gedagtes te plant deur Maandag te wen. Nog voordat sy oupa gesterf het, het Roethlisberger gesê dat hierdie jaar spesiaal was, want dit kan die laaste wees vir Bettis, wat vyfde is op die N.F.L. 's -loopbaanslys.

"As jy nie die Super Bowl wen nie, is dit 'n teleurstelling, veral as jy te kort skiet soos ons verlede jaar vir ons gedoen het," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit is waarskynlik verlede jaar Jerome's, en ons wil nie hê dat dit in teleurstelling moet eindig nie."

Roethlisberger het sy spanmaats verlede jaar beïndruk deur maklik in die voorgereg te tree, 'n aanvallende leier te word terwyl hy sy veteraan -spanmaats respekteer.

"Ben besef dat hy nog besig is om te leer, en dat hy nie alles hoef te doen nie," het die breë ontvanger Hines Ward gesê. Hy het 'n goeie verdediging gehad, hy het 'n goeie aanvallende lyn, hy het agteruitlopers gehad, hy het ontvangers. Al wat hy hoef te doen was om te speel. & Quot

Roethlisberger het so goed gespeel dat sommige spanne dalk spyt was dat hulle hom nie in 2004 opgestel het nie. Roethlisberger het in die hande van Pittsburgh geval op nommer 11 nadat Eli Manning in die eerste plek geneem is en Philip Rivers nr. 4 gekies is. Hy sal altyd word met dié twee vergelyk, maar hy het hoër doelwitte as om te probeer bewys dat hy die eerste gekeurde agterspeler moes gewees het.

"Ek wil in die algemeen die beste quarterback wees, nie net onder die ouens in my konsepklas nie," het Roethlisberger gesê, wat 'n universiteitsbal gespeel het vir die relatief lae-watt-program van Miami of Ohio.

& quotEk weet Manning en Rivers is voor my geneem. Maar my doel is om die beste te wees. Ek weet nie of ek ooit die beste statistieke in die liga opgestel het nie, so ek weet nie of ek ooit 'n M.V.P.-tipe man sal wees nie. Maar as ek kan voortgaan om sokkerwedstryde te wen, sal mense my miskien so oordeel. & Quot

Nadat hy dit gesê het, sien Roethlisberger 'n kans om 'n slag in die Steelers ' luidrugtige kleedkamer te gooi. Hy bal sy vuil sokkies op, sit sy arm vas en gooi 'n staking wat die niksvermoedende wye ontvanger Antwaan Randle El in die kop getref het.

Roethlisberger giggel. Teen die Colts sal hy sy ingooi 'n bietjie ernstiger neem. "Ek is so bly om terug te wees," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit gaan opwindend wees."


Roethlisberger het wel 'n spoggerige statistiek: 'n rekord van 18-1

PITTSBURGH, 25 November - 'n Deel van Ben Roethlisberger beny Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger sal graag die bal 35 keer per wedstryd wil gooi, soos Manning dikwels doen wanneer hy die sterk aanval van die onoorwonne Indianapolis Colts lei. Maar die Pittsburgh Steelers speel nie pret nie. So onderdruk Roethlisberger sy gewapende instinkte, hoewel hy hom dikwels voorstel dat hy in 'n minder konserwatiewe stelsel speel.

"As 'n quarterback wil jy altyd die bal gooi," het Roethlisberger, Vrydag in die kleedkamer gesit, terwyl die Steelers (7-3) Maandagaand na Indianapolis (10-0) gekyk het. Dit kwel jou, want ek weet dat ek dit kan doen, en ek wens ek kon aan mense bewys dat ek dit kon.

'Maar wen -speletjies sorg vir alles anders. Ek verstaan ​​waaroor hierdie oortreding gaan, waaroor hierdie span gaan en wat nodig is om wedstryde te wen. Solank ons ​​wen, is ek 'm O.K. daarmee, dink ek. & quot

Die oorwinning was die grootste sterkte van Roethlisberger sedert hy verlede jaar by die Steelers aangesluit het, toe hy 'n nuweling -sensasie geword het en 'n Pittsburgh -restaurant geïnspireer het om 'n toebroodjie ter ere van hom te noem. Alhoewel hy nog nooit meer as 30 aangee in 'n gewone seisoenwedstryd probeer het nie, is Roethlisberger 18-1 as 'n voorgereg, en het hy hierdie seisoen 60,8 persent van sy aangee voltooi, met 11 terugslae en 2 onderskepings.

Roethlisberger keer terug na 'n afwesigheid van drie wedstryde weens 'n knieoperasie, verbeter die kans op Pittsburgh om die onoorwonne seisoen van Colts te bederf. Die Steelers het sonder hom in die span gesukkel en hul laaste wedstryd teen Baltimore met 16-13 verloor, met Tommy Maddox as quarterback. Maar met Roethlisberger terug, is die Steelers van plan om by die basiese beginsels van die Colts te bly - stamp hulle met 'n hardloopwedstryd met Willie Parker en Jerome Bettis, speel goeie verdediging en kombineer tydige passe deur Roethlisberger, wat erken dat hierdie wedstryd gevoel het spesiaal.

"Daar is baie hype, met hulle 10-0, wat op hul plek speel op Maandag Nagvoetbal," het Roethlisberger gesê. Ons kan nie die spel met 'n hype speel nie. Maar op hierdie stadium is dit vir ons die grootste wedstryd van die jaar. & Quot

Dit het verlede seisoen slegs 'n paar wedstryde geneem voordat Pittsburgh Roethlisberger omhels het. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, 'n restaurant met vier plekke in die stad, beskik oor die Roethlisburger, 'n toebroodjie met wors, hamburger, gebakte eier en die keuse tussen blaarslaai, tamatie en mayonnaise.

"Ons het 'n toebroodjie gehad wat nie 'n naam gehad het nie, en daarom het ons gedink: Hoekom nie?" Sê Lou Bosser, die eienaar van een van die Peppi -winkels. Dit was asof ons die lotery bereik het. Dit was baie gewild op speeldae, en ons het mense van plekke soos Texas en Kanada laat binnekom om dit te bestel. Steelers Nation is oral. & Quot

Maar Roethlisberger het sy kritiek in die gesig gestaar nadat die gereelde seisoen van die Steelers ' 15-1 nie tot 'n Super Bowl-voorkoms gelei het nie. Roethlisberger het drie onderskepte gegooi toe Pittsburgh in die Amerikaanse kampioenskapswedstryd met 41-27 teen New England verloor het, en 'n fantastiese seisoen was frustrerend.

"Teleurstelling kom by die posisie in hierdie stad en in enige stad," het Mark Whipple, die Steelers ' quarterback -afrigter, gesê. As u by hierdie gebou instap en u vier Super Bowl -trofeë sien, spreek dit boekdele waaroor die stad gaan en waaroor die Steelers gaan.

Maar ek dink hy het dit goed hanteer, soos blyk uit sy spel hierdie jaar. Hy het gedurende die buiteseisoen hard gewerk aan voetwerk, grondbeginsels, leesdekking, die insig in die skemas van ons oortreding. Ons het baie dinge op hom in die kamp gesit, hom gedwing om dinge te doen wat hy nie so gemaklik was met die vorige jaar nie. Ek dink dit het hom gehelp om nog meer selfvertroue te kry. & Quot

Roethlisberger wou deur die pyn in sy regterknie speel, maar Bill Cowher, afrigter van Steelers, het hom oorreed om vroeër hierdie maand 'n operasie te ondergaan. Dit was moeilik vir Roethlisberger om na wedstryde te kyk. Toe die Steelers 'n paar weke gelede op Green Bay wen, kon Roethlisberger nie reis nie, en kyk saam met vriende tuis en skree opdragte by die televisie.

"Ek het opgetree asof my spanmaats my kon hoor," het Roethlisberger gesê.

Roethlisberger het hierdie seisoen opgedra aan sy oupa Ken Carl Roethlisberger, wat in die somer op 83-jarige ouderdom gesterf het. Oupa en kleinseun was naby, en die 23-jarige Roethlisberger het gesê dit was moeilik om aan te pas by die leemte in sy lewe.

"Dit was baie moeilik om hom te verloor," het Roethlisberger gesê. Hy het my nooit as 'n Steeler persoonlik kon sien speel nie, maar ek dink hy het nou sitplekke in die voorste ry vir al die wedstryde. & quot

Terwyl Indianapolis die gunsteling was om die AFC te wen, hoop die Steelers om twyfel in die Colts ' -gedagtes te plant deur Maandag te wen. Nog voordat sy oupa gesterf het, het Roethlisberger gesê dat hierdie jaar spesiaal was, want dit kan die laaste wees vir Bettis, wat vyfde op die N.F.L. 's -loopbaansyfer is.

"As jy nie die Super Bowl wen nie, is dit 'n teleurstelling, veral as jy te kort skiet soos ons verlede jaar vir ons gedoen het," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit is waarskynlik verlede jaar Jerome's, en ons wil nie hê dat dit in teleurstelling moet eindig nie."

Roethlisberger het sy spanmaats verlede jaar beïndruk deur maklik in die voorgereg te tree, 'n aanvallende leier te word terwyl hy sy veteraan -spanmaats respekteer.

"Ben besef dat hy nog besig is om te leer, en dat hy nie alles hoef te doen nie," het die breë ontvanger Hines Ward gesê. Hy het 'n goeie verdediging gehad, hy het 'n goeie aanvallende lyn, hy het agteruitlopers gehad, hy het ontvangers. Al wat hy hoef te doen was om te speel. & Quot

Roethlisberger het so goed gespeel dat sommige spanne moontlik spyt was dat hulle hom nie in 2004 opgestel het nie. Roethlisberger het in die hande van Pittsburgh geval op nommer 11 nadat Eli Manning in die eerste plek geneem is en Philip Rivers nr. 4 gekies is. Hy sal altyd word met dié twee vergelyk, maar hy het hoër doelwitte as om te probeer bewys dat hy die eerste gekeurde agterspeler moes gewees het.

"Ek wil in die algemeen die beste quarterback wees, nie net onder die ouens in my konsepklas nie," het Roethlisberger gesê, wat 'n universiteitsbal gespeel het vir die relatief lae-watt-program van Miami of Ohio.

Ek weet Manning en Rivers is voor my uitgelê. Maar my doel is om die beste te wees. Ek weet nie of ek ooit die beste statistieke in die liga opgestel het nie, so ek weet nie of ek ooit 'n M.V.P.-tipe man sal wees nie. Maar as ek kan voortgaan om sokkerwedstryde te wen, sal mense my miskien so oordeel. & Quot

Nadat hy dit gesê het, sien Roethlisberger 'n kans om 'n slag in die Steelers ' luidrugtige kleedkamer te gooi. Hy bal sy vuil sokkies op, sit sy arm vas en gooi 'n staking wat die niksvermoedende wye ontvanger Antwaan Randle El in die kop getref het.

Roethlisberger giggel. Teen die Colts sal hy sy ingooi 'n bietjie ernstiger neem. "Ek is so bly om terug te wees," het Roethlisberger gesê. "Dit gaan opwindend wees."


Roethlisberger het wel 'n spoggerige statistiek: 'n rekord van 18-1

PITTSBURGH, 25 November - 'n Deel van Ben Roethlisberger beny Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger sal graag die bal 35 keer per wedstryd wil gooi, soos Manning dikwels doen wanneer hy die sterk aanval van die onoorwonne Indianapolis Colts lei. Maar die Pittsburgh Steelers speel nie pret nie. So onderdruk Roethlisberger sy skietery -instinkte, hoewel hy hom dikwels voorstel dat hy in 'n minder konserwatiewe stelsel speel.

"As a quarterback, you always want to throw the ball," said Roethlisberger, sitting in the locker room Friday, as the Steelers (7-3) looked toward Monday night's game at Indianapolis (10-0). "It bothers you, because I know I can do it, and I wish I could prove to people that I could.

"But winning games takes care of everything else. I understand what this offense is about, what this team's about, and what it takes to win games. As long as we win, I'm O.K. with it, I guess."

Winning has been Roethlisberger's biggest strength since joining the Steelers last year, when he became a rookie sensation and inspired a Pittsburgh restaurant to name a sandwich in his honor. Although he has never attempted more than 30 passes in a regular-season game, Roethlisberger is 18-1 as a starter, and he has completed 60.8 percent of his passes this season, with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Roethlisberger's return after a three-game absence because of knee surgery improves Pittsburgh's chances of spoiling the Colts' unbeaten season. The Steelers struggled without him in the lineup, losing their last game to Baltimore, 16-13, with Tommy Maddox at quarterback. But with Roethlisberger back, the Steelers plan to stick to basics against the Colts -- pound them with a running game that features Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, play solid defense, and mix in some timely passes by Roethlisberger, who admitted that this game felt special.

"There's a lot of hype, with them 10-0, playing at their place, on 'Monday Night Football,' " said Roethlisberger. "We can't play the game hyped. But at this point, it's the biggest game of the year for us."

It took only a few games last season for Pittsburgh to embrace Roethlisberger. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, a restaurant with four locations around the city, features the Roethlisburger, a sandwich that has sausage, hamburger, fried egg and the customer's choice among lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

"We had a sandwich that didn't have a name, so we figured, 'Why not?' " said Lou Bosser, the proprietor of one of the Peppi's stores. "It was like we hit the lottery. It's real popular on game days, and we've had people from places like Texas and Canada come in to order it. Steelers Nation is everywhere."

But Roethlisberger faced his share of criticism after the Steelers' 15-1 regular season did not lead to a Super Bowl appearance. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions when Pittsburgh lost, 41-27, to New England in the American Football Conference championship game, and what had been a fantastic season ended in frustration.

"Disappointment comes with the position, in this town, and in any town," said Mark Whipple, the Steelers' quarterback coach. "When you walk into this building and you see four Super Bowl trophies, that speaks volumes for what the city is about, and what the Steelers are about.

"But I think he's handled it well, as evidenced by his play this year. He worked hard during the off-season on footwork, fundamentals, reading coverage, understanding the schemes of our offense. We put a lot of things on him in camp, forced him to do some things he wasn't as comfortable with the year before. I think that has helped him gain even more confidence."

Roethlisberger wanted to play through the pain in his right knee, but Steelers Coach Bill Cowher persuaded him to have surgery earlier this month. Watching games had been difficult for Roethlisberger. When the Steelers won at Green Bay several weeks ago, Roethlisberger could not travel, so he watched at home with friends, yelling instructions at the television.

"I was acting like my teammates could hear me," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger has dedicated this season to his grandfather Ken Carl Roethlisberger, who died during the summer at age 83. Grandfather and grandson were close, and the 23-year-old Roethlisberger said it has been difficult adjusting to the void in his life.

"It was very tough to lose him," Roethlisberger said. "He never got to see me play in person as a Steeler, but I guess he has front row seats to all the games now."

While Indianapolis has emerged as the favorite to win the A.F.C., the Steelers hope to plant doubt in the Colts' minds by winning on Monday. Even before his grandfather died, Roethlisberger said that this year was special because it might be the last for Bettis, who is fifth on the N.F.L.'s career rushing list.

"If you don't win the Super Bowl, it's a disappointment, especially when you fall short like we did last year for us," Roethlisberger said. "This is probably Jerome's last year, and we don't want it to end in disappointment."

Roethlisberger impressed his teammates last year by smoothly stepping into the starter's role, becoming an offensive leader while respecting his veteran teammates.

"Ben realized he was still learning, and that he didn't have to do everything," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He had a great defense, he had a great offensive line, he had running backs, he had receivers. All he had to do was play."

Roethlisberger has played so well that some teams may have regretted not drafting him in 2004. Roethlisberger fell into Pittsburgh's hands at No. 11 after Eli Manning was taken No. 1 over all and Philip Rivers was chosen No. 4. He will always be compared to those two, but he has loftier goals than trying to prove he should have been the first quarterback selected.

"I want to be the best quarterback in general, not just among guys in my draft class," said Roethlisberger, who played college ball for the relatively low-wattage Miami of Ohio program.

"I know Manning and Rivers were taken ahead of me. But my goal is be the best. I don't know if I'll ever put up the best stats in the league, so I don't know if I'll ever be an M.V.P.-type guy. But if I can continue to win football games, maybe people will judge me that way."

After saying that, Roethlisberger saw an opportunity to make a throw in the Steelers' rowdy locker room. He balled up his dirty socks, cocked his arm and threw a strike that hit the unsuspecting wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the head.

Roethlisberger giggled. Against the Colts, he will take his throwing a little more seriously. "I'm so glad to be back," Roethlisberger said. "It's going to be exciting."


Roethlisberger Does Have a Gaudy Statistic: A Record of 18-1

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 - A part of Ben Roethlisberger envies Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger would love to throw the ball 35 times a game, the way Manning often does when leading the high-powered offense of the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. But the Pittsburgh Steelers do not play fun-and-gun football. So Roethlisberger suppresses his gunslinger instincts, although he often imagines playing in a less conservative system.

"As a quarterback, you always want to throw the ball," said Roethlisberger, sitting in the locker room Friday, as the Steelers (7-3) looked toward Monday night's game at Indianapolis (10-0). "It bothers you, because I know I can do it, and I wish I could prove to people that I could.

"But winning games takes care of everything else. I understand what this offense is about, what this team's about, and what it takes to win games. As long as we win, I'm O.K. with it, I guess."

Winning has been Roethlisberger's biggest strength since joining the Steelers last year, when he became a rookie sensation and inspired a Pittsburgh restaurant to name a sandwich in his honor. Although he has never attempted more than 30 passes in a regular-season game, Roethlisberger is 18-1 as a starter, and he has completed 60.8 percent of his passes this season, with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Roethlisberger's return after a three-game absence because of knee surgery improves Pittsburgh's chances of spoiling the Colts' unbeaten season. The Steelers struggled without him in the lineup, losing their last game to Baltimore, 16-13, with Tommy Maddox at quarterback. But with Roethlisberger back, the Steelers plan to stick to basics against the Colts -- pound them with a running game that features Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, play solid defense, and mix in some timely passes by Roethlisberger, who admitted that this game felt special.

"There's a lot of hype, with them 10-0, playing at their place, on 'Monday Night Football,' " said Roethlisberger. "We can't play the game hyped. But at this point, it's the biggest game of the year for us."

It took only a few games last season for Pittsburgh to embrace Roethlisberger. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, a restaurant with four locations around the city, features the Roethlisburger, a sandwich that has sausage, hamburger, fried egg and the customer's choice among lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

"We had a sandwich that didn't have a name, so we figured, 'Why not?' " said Lou Bosser, the proprietor of one of the Peppi's stores. "It was like we hit the lottery. It's real popular on game days, and we've had people from places like Texas and Canada come in to order it. Steelers Nation is everywhere."

But Roethlisberger faced his share of criticism after the Steelers' 15-1 regular season did not lead to a Super Bowl appearance. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions when Pittsburgh lost, 41-27, to New England in the American Football Conference championship game, and what had been a fantastic season ended in frustration.

"Disappointment comes with the position, in this town, and in any town," said Mark Whipple, the Steelers' quarterback coach. "When you walk into this building and you see four Super Bowl trophies, that speaks volumes for what the city is about, and what the Steelers are about.

"But I think he's handled it well, as evidenced by his play this year. He worked hard during the off-season on footwork, fundamentals, reading coverage, understanding the schemes of our offense. We put a lot of things on him in camp, forced him to do some things he wasn't as comfortable with the year before. I think that has helped him gain even more confidence."

Roethlisberger wanted to play through the pain in his right knee, but Steelers Coach Bill Cowher persuaded him to have surgery earlier this month. Watching games had been difficult for Roethlisberger. When the Steelers won at Green Bay several weeks ago, Roethlisberger could not travel, so he watched at home with friends, yelling instructions at the television.

"I was acting like my teammates could hear me," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger has dedicated this season to his grandfather Ken Carl Roethlisberger, who died during the summer at age 83. Grandfather and grandson were close, and the 23-year-old Roethlisberger said it has been difficult adjusting to the void in his life.

"It was very tough to lose him," Roethlisberger said. "He never got to see me play in person as a Steeler, but I guess he has front row seats to all the games now."

While Indianapolis has emerged as the favorite to win the A.F.C., the Steelers hope to plant doubt in the Colts' minds by winning on Monday. Even before his grandfather died, Roethlisberger said that this year was special because it might be the last for Bettis, who is fifth on the N.F.L.'s career rushing list.

"If you don't win the Super Bowl, it's a disappointment, especially when you fall short like we did last year for us," Roethlisberger said. "This is probably Jerome's last year, and we don't want it to end in disappointment."

Roethlisberger impressed his teammates last year by smoothly stepping into the starter's role, becoming an offensive leader while respecting his veteran teammates.

"Ben realized he was still learning, and that he didn't have to do everything," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He had a great defense, he had a great offensive line, he had running backs, he had receivers. All he had to do was play."

Roethlisberger has played so well that some teams may have regretted not drafting him in 2004. Roethlisberger fell into Pittsburgh's hands at No. 11 after Eli Manning was taken No. 1 over all and Philip Rivers was chosen No. 4. He will always be compared to those two, but he has loftier goals than trying to prove he should have been the first quarterback selected.

"I want to be the best quarterback in general, not just among guys in my draft class," said Roethlisberger, who played college ball for the relatively low-wattage Miami of Ohio program.

"I know Manning and Rivers were taken ahead of me. But my goal is be the best. I don't know if I'll ever put up the best stats in the league, so I don't know if I'll ever be an M.V.P.-type guy. But if I can continue to win football games, maybe people will judge me that way."

After saying that, Roethlisberger saw an opportunity to make a throw in the Steelers' rowdy locker room. He balled up his dirty socks, cocked his arm and threw a strike that hit the unsuspecting wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the head.

Roethlisberger giggled. Against the Colts, he will take his throwing a little more seriously. "I'm so glad to be back," Roethlisberger said. "It's going to be exciting."


Roethlisberger Does Have a Gaudy Statistic: A Record of 18-1

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 - A part of Ben Roethlisberger envies Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger would love to throw the ball 35 times a game, the way Manning often does when leading the high-powered offense of the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. But the Pittsburgh Steelers do not play fun-and-gun football. So Roethlisberger suppresses his gunslinger instincts, although he often imagines playing in a less conservative system.

"As a quarterback, you always want to throw the ball," said Roethlisberger, sitting in the locker room Friday, as the Steelers (7-3) looked toward Monday night's game at Indianapolis (10-0). "It bothers you, because I know I can do it, and I wish I could prove to people that I could.

"But winning games takes care of everything else. I understand what this offense is about, what this team's about, and what it takes to win games. As long as we win, I'm O.K. with it, I guess."

Winning has been Roethlisberger's biggest strength since joining the Steelers last year, when he became a rookie sensation and inspired a Pittsburgh restaurant to name a sandwich in his honor. Although he has never attempted more than 30 passes in a regular-season game, Roethlisberger is 18-1 as a starter, and he has completed 60.8 percent of his passes this season, with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Roethlisberger's return after a three-game absence because of knee surgery improves Pittsburgh's chances of spoiling the Colts' unbeaten season. The Steelers struggled without him in the lineup, losing their last game to Baltimore, 16-13, with Tommy Maddox at quarterback. But with Roethlisberger back, the Steelers plan to stick to basics against the Colts -- pound them with a running game that features Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, play solid defense, and mix in some timely passes by Roethlisberger, who admitted that this game felt special.

"There's a lot of hype, with them 10-0, playing at their place, on 'Monday Night Football,' " said Roethlisberger. "We can't play the game hyped. But at this point, it's the biggest game of the year for us."

It took only a few games last season for Pittsburgh to embrace Roethlisberger. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, a restaurant with four locations around the city, features the Roethlisburger, a sandwich that has sausage, hamburger, fried egg and the customer's choice among lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

"We had a sandwich that didn't have a name, so we figured, 'Why not?' " said Lou Bosser, the proprietor of one of the Peppi's stores. "It was like we hit the lottery. It's real popular on game days, and we've had people from places like Texas and Canada come in to order it. Steelers Nation is everywhere."

But Roethlisberger faced his share of criticism after the Steelers' 15-1 regular season did not lead to a Super Bowl appearance. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions when Pittsburgh lost, 41-27, to New England in the American Football Conference championship game, and what had been a fantastic season ended in frustration.

"Disappointment comes with the position, in this town, and in any town," said Mark Whipple, the Steelers' quarterback coach. "When you walk into this building and you see four Super Bowl trophies, that speaks volumes for what the city is about, and what the Steelers are about.

"But I think he's handled it well, as evidenced by his play this year. He worked hard during the off-season on footwork, fundamentals, reading coverage, understanding the schemes of our offense. We put a lot of things on him in camp, forced him to do some things he wasn't as comfortable with the year before. I think that has helped him gain even more confidence."

Roethlisberger wanted to play through the pain in his right knee, but Steelers Coach Bill Cowher persuaded him to have surgery earlier this month. Watching games had been difficult for Roethlisberger. When the Steelers won at Green Bay several weeks ago, Roethlisberger could not travel, so he watched at home with friends, yelling instructions at the television.

"I was acting like my teammates could hear me," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger has dedicated this season to his grandfather Ken Carl Roethlisberger, who died during the summer at age 83. Grandfather and grandson were close, and the 23-year-old Roethlisberger said it has been difficult adjusting to the void in his life.

"It was very tough to lose him," Roethlisberger said. "He never got to see me play in person as a Steeler, but I guess he has front row seats to all the games now."

While Indianapolis has emerged as the favorite to win the A.F.C., the Steelers hope to plant doubt in the Colts' minds by winning on Monday. Even before his grandfather died, Roethlisberger said that this year was special because it might be the last for Bettis, who is fifth on the N.F.L.'s career rushing list.

"If you don't win the Super Bowl, it's a disappointment, especially when you fall short like we did last year for us," Roethlisberger said. "This is probably Jerome's last year, and we don't want it to end in disappointment."

Roethlisberger impressed his teammates last year by smoothly stepping into the starter's role, becoming an offensive leader while respecting his veteran teammates.

"Ben realized he was still learning, and that he didn't have to do everything," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He had a great defense, he had a great offensive line, he had running backs, he had receivers. All he had to do was play."

Roethlisberger has played so well that some teams may have regretted not drafting him in 2004. Roethlisberger fell into Pittsburgh's hands at No. 11 after Eli Manning was taken No. 1 over all and Philip Rivers was chosen No. 4. He will always be compared to those two, but he has loftier goals than trying to prove he should have been the first quarterback selected.

"I want to be the best quarterback in general, not just among guys in my draft class," said Roethlisberger, who played college ball for the relatively low-wattage Miami of Ohio program.

"I know Manning and Rivers were taken ahead of me. But my goal is be the best. I don't know if I'll ever put up the best stats in the league, so I don't know if I'll ever be an M.V.P.-type guy. But if I can continue to win football games, maybe people will judge me that way."

After saying that, Roethlisberger saw an opportunity to make a throw in the Steelers' rowdy locker room. He balled up his dirty socks, cocked his arm and threw a strike that hit the unsuspecting wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the head.

Roethlisberger giggled. Against the Colts, he will take his throwing a little more seriously. "I'm so glad to be back," Roethlisberger said. "It's going to be exciting."


Roethlisberger Does Have a Gaudy Statistic: A Record of 18-1

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 - A part of Ben Roethlisberger envies Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger would love to throw the ball 35 times a game, the way Manning often does when leading the high-powered offense of the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. But the Pittsburgh Steelers do not play fun-and-gun football. So Roethlisberger suppresses his gunslinger instincts, although he often imagines playing in a less conservative system.

"As a quarterback, you always want to throw the ball," said Roethlisberger, sitting in the locker room Friday, as the Steelers (7-3) looked toward Monday night's game at Indianapolis (10-0). "It bothers you, because I know I can do it, and I wish I could prove to people that I could.

"But winning games takes care of everything else. I understand what this offense is about, what this team's about, and what it takes to win games. As long as we win, I'm O.K. with it, I guess."

Winning has been Roethlisberger's biggest strength since joining the Steelers last year, when he became a rookie sensation and inspired a Pittsburgh restaurant to name a sandwich in his honor. Although he has never attempted more than 30 passes in a regular-season game, Roethlisberger is 18-1 as a starter, and he has completed 60.8 percent of his passes this season, with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Roethlisberger's return after a three-game absence because of knee surgery improves Pittsburgh's chances of spoiling the Colts' unbeaten season. The Steelers struggled without him in the lineup, losing their last game to Baltimore, 16-13, with Tommy Maddox at quarterback. But with Roethlisberger back, the Steelers plan to stick to basics against the Colts -- pound them with a running game that features Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, play solid defense, and mix in some timely passes by Roethlisberger, who admitted that this game felt special.

"There's a lot of hype, with them 10-0, playing at their place, on 'Monday Night Football,' " said Roethlisberger. "We can't play the game hyped. But at this point, it's the biggest game of the year for us."

It took only a few games last season for Pittsburgh to embrace Roethlisberger. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, a restaurant with four locations around the city, features the Roethlisburger, a sandwich that has sausage, hamburger, fried egg and the customer's choice among lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

"We had a sandwich that didn't have a name, so we figured, 'Why not?' " said Lou Bosser, the proprietor of one of the Peppi's stores. "It was like we hit the lottery. It's real popular on game days, and we've had people from places like Texas and Canada come in to order it. Steelers Nation is everywhere."

But Roethlisberger faced his share of criticism after the Steelers' 15-1 regular season did not lead to a Super Bowl appearance. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions when Pittsburgh lost, 41-27, to New England in the American Football Conference championship game, and what had been a fantastic season ended in frustration.

"Disappointment comes with the position, in this town, and in any town," said Mark Whipple, the Steelers' quarterback coach. "When you walk into this building and you see four Super Bowl trophies, that speaks volumes for what the city is about, and what the Steelers are about.

"But I think he's handled it well, as evidenced by his play this year. He worked hard during the off-season on footwork, fundamentals, reading coverage, understanding the schemes of our offense. We put a lot of things on him in camp, forced him to do some things he wasn't as comfortable with the year before. I think that has helped him gain even more confidence."

Roethlisberger wanted to play through the pain in his right knee, but Steelers Coach Bill Cowher persuaded him to have surgery earlier this month. Watching games had been difficult for Roethlisberger. When the Steelers won at Green Bay several weeks ago, Roethlisberger could not travel, so he watched at home with friends, yelling instructions at the television.

"I was acting like my teammates could hear me," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger has dedicated this season to his grandfather Ken Carl Roethlisberger, who died during the summer at age 83. Grandfather and grandson were close, and the 23-year-old Roethlisberger said it has been difficult adjusting to the void in his life.

"It was very tough to lose him," Roethlisberger said. "He never got to see me play in person as a Steeler, but I guess he has front row seats to all the games now."

While Indianapolis has emerged as the favorite to win the A.F.C., the Steelers hope to plant doubt in the Colts' minds by winning on Monday. Even before his grandfather died, Roethlisberger said that this year was special because it might be the last for Bettis, who is fifth on the N.F.L.'s career rushing list.

"If you don't win the Super Bowl, it's a disappointment, especially when you fall short like we did last year for us," Roethlisberger said. "This is probably Jerome's last year, and we don't want it to end in disappointment."

Roethlisberger impressed his teammates last year by smoothly stepping into the starter's role, becoming an offensive leader while respecting his veteran teammates.

"Ben realized he was still learning, and that he didn't have to do everything," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He had a great defense, he had a great offensive line, he had running backs, he had receivers. All he had to do was play."

Roethlisberger has played so well that some teams may have regretted not drafting him in 2004. Roethlisberger fell into Pittsburgh's hands at No. 11 after Eli Manning was taken No. 1 over all and Philip Rivers was chosen No. 4. He will always be compared to those two, but he has loftier goals than trying to prove he should have been the first quarterback selected.

"I want to be the best quarterback in general, not just among guys in my draft class," said Roethlisberger, who played college ball for the relatively low-wattage Miami of Ohio program.

"I know Manning and Rivers were taken ahead of me. But my goal is be the best. I don't know if I'll ever put up the best stats in the league, so I don't know if I'll ever be an M.V.P.-type guy. But if I can continue to win football games, maybe people will judge me that way."

After saying that, Roethlisberger saw an opportunity to make a throw in the Steelers' rowdy locker room. He balled up his dirty socks, cocked his arm and threw a strike that hit the unsuspecting wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the head.

Roethlisberger giggled. Against the Colts, he will take his throwing a little more seriously. "I'm so glad to be back," Roethlisberger said. "It's going to be exciting."


Roethlisberger Does Have a Gaudy Statistic: A Record of 18-1

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 - A part of Ben Roethlisberger envies Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger would love to throw the ball 35 times a game, the way Manning often does when leading the high-powered offense of the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. But the Pittsburgh Steelers do not play fun-and-gun football. So Roethlisberger suppresses his gunslinger instincts, although he often imagines playing in a less conservative system.

"As a quarterback, you always want to throw the ball," said Roethlisberger, sitting in the locker room Friday, as the Steelers (7-3) looked toward Monday night's game at Indianapolis (10-0). "It bothers you, because I know I can do it, and I wish I could prove to people that I could.

"But winning games takes care of everything else. I understand what this offense is about, what this team's about, and what it takes to win games. As long as we win, I'm O.K. with it, I guess."

Winning has been Roethlisberger's biggest strength since joining the Steelers last year, when he became a rookie sensation and inspired a Pittsburgh restaurant to name a sandwich in his honor. Although he has never attempted more than 30 passes in a regular-season game, Roethlisberger is 18-1 as a starter, and he has completed 60.8 percent of his passes this season, with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Roethlisberger's return after a three-game absence because of knee surgery improves Pittsburgh's chances of spoiling the Colts' unbeaten season. The Steelers struggled without him in the lineup, losing their last game to Baltimore, 16-13, with Tommy Maddox at quarterback. But with Roethlisberger back, the Steelers plan to stick to basics against the Colts -- pound them with a running game that features Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, play solid defense, and mix in some timely passes by Roethlisberger, who admitted that this game felt special.

"There's a lot of hype, with them 10-0, playing at their place, on 'Monday Night Football,' " said Roethlisberger. "We can't play the game hyped. But at this point, it's the biggest game of the year for us."

It took only a few games last season for Pittsburgh to embrace Roethlisberger. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, a restaurant with four locations around the city, features the Roethlisburger, a sandwich that has sausage, hamburger, fried egg and the customer's choice among lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

"We had a sandwich that didn't have a name, so we figured, 'Why not?' " said Lou Bosser, the proprietor of one of the Peppi's stores. "It was like we hit the lottery. It's real popular on game days, and we've had people from places like Texas and Canada come in to order it. Steelers Nation is everywhere."

But Roethlisberger faced his share of criticism after the Steelers' 15-1 regular season did not lead to a Super Bowl appearance. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions when Pittsburgh lost, 41-27, to New England in the American Football Conference championship game, and what had been a fantastic season ended in frustration.

"Disappointment comes with the position, in this town, and in any town," said Mark Whipple, the Steelers' quarterback coach. "When you walk into this building and you see four Super Bowl trophies, that speaks volumes for what the city is about, and what the Steelers are about.

"But I think he's handled it well, as evidenced by his play this year. He worked hard during the off-season on footwork, fundamentals, reading coverage, understanding the schemes of our offense. We put a lot of things on him in camp, forced him to do some things he wasn't as comfortable with the year before. I think that has helped him gain even more confidence."

Roethlisberger wanted to play through the pain in his right knee, but Steelers Coach Bill Cowher persuaded him to have surgery earlier this month. Watching games had been difficult for Roethlisberger. When the Steelers won at Green Bay several weeks ago, Roethlisberger could not travel, so he watched at home with friends, yelling instructions at the television.

"I was acting like my teammates could hear me," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger has dedicated this season to his grandfather Ken Carl Roethlisberger, who died during the summer at age 83. Grandfather and grandson were close, and the 23-year-old Roethlisberger said it has been difficult adjusting to the void in his life.

"It was very tough to lose him," Roethlisberger said. "He never got to see me play in person as a Steeler, but I guess he has front row seats to all the games now."

While Indianapolis has emerged as the favorite to win the A.F.C., the Steelers hope to plant doubt in the Colts' minds by winning on Monday. Even before his grandfather died, Roethlisberger said that this year was special because it might be the last for Bettis, who is fifth on the N.F.L.'s career rushing list.

"If you don't win the Super Bowl, it's a disappointment, especially when you fall short like we did last year for us," Roethlisberger said. "This is probably Jerome's last year, and we don't want it to end in disappointment."

Roethlisberger impressed his teammates last year by smoothly stepping into the starter's role, becoming an offensive leader while respecting his veteran teammates.

"Ben realized he was still learning, and that he didn't have to do everything," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He had a great defense, he had a great offensive line, he had running backs, he had receivers. All he had to do was play."

Roethlisberger has played so well that some teams may have regretted not drafting him in 2004. Roethlisberger fell into Pittsburgh's hands at No. 11 after Eli Manning was taken No. 1 over all and Philip Rivers was chosen No. 4. He will always be compared to those two, but he has loftier goals than trying to prove he should have been the first quarterback selected.

"I want to be the best quarterback in general, not just among guys in my draft class," said Roethlisberger, who played college ball for the relatively low-wattage Miami of Ohio program.

"I know Manning and Rivers were taken ahead of me. But my goal is be the best. I don't know if I'll ever put up the best stats in the league, so I don't know if I'll ever be an M.V.P.-type guy. But if I can continue to win football games, maybe people will judge me that way."

After saying that, Roethlisberger saw an opportunity to make a throw in the Steelers' rowdy locker room. He balled up his dirty socks, cocked his arm and threw a strike that hit the unsuspecting wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the head.

Roethlisberger giggled. Against the Colts, he will take his throwing a little more seriously. "I'm so glad to be back," Roethlisberger said. "It's going to be exciting."


Roethlisberger Does Have a Gaudy Statistic: A Record of 18-1

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 25 - A part of Ben Roethlisberger envies Peyton Manning.

Roethlisberger would love to throw the ball 35 times a game, the way Manning often does when leading the high-powered offense of the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts. But the Pittsburgh Steelers do not play fun-and-gun football. So Roethlisberger suppresses his gunslinger instincts, although he often imagines playing in a less conservative system.

"As a quarterback, you always want to throw the ball," said Roethlisberger, sitting in the locker room Friday, as the Steelers (7-3) looked toward Monday night's game at Indianapolis (10-0). "It bothers you, because I know I can do it, and I wish I could prove to people that I could.

"But winning games takes care of everything else. I understand what this offense is about, what this team's about, and what it takes to win games. As long as we win, I'm O.K. with it, I guess."

Winning has been Roethlisberger's biggest strength since joining the Steelers last year, when he became a rookie sensation and inspired a Pittsburgh restaurant to name a sandwich in his honor. Although he has never attempted more than 30 passes in a regular-season game, Roethlisberger is 18-1 as a starter, and he has completed 60.8 percent of his passes this season, with 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Roethlisberger's return after a three-game absence because of knee surgery improves Pittsburgh's chances of spoiling the Colts' unbeaten season. The Steelers struggled without him in the lineup, losing their last game to Baltimore, 16-13, with Tommy Maddox at quarterback. But with Roethlisberger back, the Steelers plan to stick to basics against the Colts -- pound them with a running game that features Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, play solid defense, and mix in some timely passes by Roethlisberger, who admitted that this game felt special.

"There's a lot of hype, with them 10-0, playing at their place, on 'Monday Night Football,' " said Roethlisberger. "We can't play the game hyped. But at this point, it's the biggest game of the year for us."

It took only a few games last season for Pittsburgh to embrace Roethlisberger. Peppi's Old Tyme Sandwich Shop, a restaurant with four locations around the city, features the Roethlisburger, a sandwich that has sausage, hamburger, fried egg and the customer's choice among lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

"We had a sandwich that didn't have a name, so we figured, 'Why not?' " said Lou Bosser, the proprietor of one of the Peppi's stores. "It was like we hit the lottery. It's real popular on game days, and we've had people from places like Texas and Canada come in to order it. Steelers Nation is everywhere."

But Roethlisberger faced his share of criticism after the Steelers' 15-1 regular season did not lead to a Super Bowl appearance. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions when Pittsburgh lost, 41-27, to New England in the American Football Conference championship game, and what had been a fantastic season ended in frustration.

"Disappointment comes with the position, in this town, and in any town," said Mark Whipple, the Steelers' quarterback coach. "When you walk into this building and you see four Super Bowl trophies, that speaks volumes for what the city is about, and what the Steelers are about.

"But I think he's handled it well, as evidenced by his play this year. He worked hard during the off-season on footwork, fundamentals, reading coverage, understanding the schemes of our offense. We put a lot of things on him in camp, forced him to do some things he wasn't as comfortable with the year before. I think that has helped him gain even more confidence."

Roethlisberger wanted to play through the pain in his right knee, but Steelers Coach Bill Cowher persuaded him to have surgery earlier this month. Watching games had been difficult for Roethlisberger. When the Steelers won at Green Bay several weeks ago, Roethlisberger could not travel, so he watched at home with friends, yelling instructions at the television.

"I was acting like my teammates could hear me," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger has dedicated this season to his grandfather Ken Carl Roethlisberger, who died during the summer at age 83. Grandfather and grandson were close, and the 23-year-old Roethlisberger said it has been difficult adjusting to the void in his life.

"It was very tough to lose him," Roethlisberger said. "He never got to see me play in person as a Steeler, but I guess he has front row seats to all the games now."

While Indianapolis has emerged as the favorite to win the A.F.C., the Steelers hope to plant doubt in the Colts' minds by winning on Monday. Even before his grandfather died, Roethlisberger said that this year was special because it might be the last for Bettis, who is fifth on the N.F.L.'s career rushing list.

"If you don't win the Super Bowl, it's a disappointment, especially when you fall short like we did last year for us," Roethlisberger said. "This is probably Jerome's last year, and we don't want it to end in disappointment."

Roethlisberger impressed his teammates last year by smoothly stepping into the starter's role, becoming an offensive leader while respecting his veteran teammates.

"Ben realized he was still learning, and that he didn't have to do everything," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He had a great defense, he had a great offensive line, he had running backs, he had receivers. All he had to do was play."

Roethlisberger has played so well that some teams may have regretted not drafting him in 2004. Roethlisberger fell into Pittsburgh's hands at No. 11 after Eli Manning was taken No. 1 over all and Philip Rivers was chosen No. 4. He will always be compared to those two, but he has loftier goals than trying to prove he should have been the first quarterback selected.

"I want to be the best quarterback in general, not just among guys in my draft class," said Roethlisberger, who played college ball for the relatively low-wattage Miami of Ohio program.

"I know Manning and Rivers were taken ahead of me. But my goal is be the best. I don't know if I'll ever put up the best stats in the league, so I don't know if I'll ever be an M.V.P.-type guy. But if I can continue to win football games, maybe people will judge me that way."

After saying that, Roethlisberger saw an opportunity to make a throw in the Steelers' rowdy locker room. He balled up his dirty socks, cocked his arm and threw a strike that hit the unsuspecting wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the head.

Roethlisberger giggled. Against the Colts, he will take his throwing a little more seriously. "I'm so glad to be back," Roethlisberger said. "It's going to be exciting."