If Ben Roethlisberger only made the throw and tackle depicted below, he’d still be a nailed-on Pittsburgh Steelers legend.
But Roethlisberger did so much more.
And what Roethlisberger accomplished goes beyond stats, or Halls of Fame, or Halls of Honor, or his two Super Bowl rings, or anything tangible.
Roethlisberger is a real Steeler.
He’s the last on-field connection to winning a Super Bowl.
He’s about leadership. Putting the team first. Winning over brand. Competing ‘til the end.
Roethlisberger is part of a black-and-gold lineage that goes back through Troy Polamalu and Alan Faneca all the way to Terry Bradshaw and Joe Greene. When you wear that uniform, you’re supposed to be a certain way.
So, if you’re fortunate enough to have a ticket to tonight’s Heinz Field swansong for Roethlisberger, take a good look at No. 7. You won’t see another like him for a long time.
Roethlisberger is the last in line.
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