Last time I checked, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 28-years-old. The last time I checked was today.
So why is there all of this talk on every sports show after the Super Bowl about the kind of legacy Roethlisberger has? He’s 28, and has many years left – my guess is six more.
Some over-analyzers, like the media people who thought the Packers’ inexperience would hinder them in the big game, think that this Super Bowl loss might have an effect on the legacy of Roethlisberger and his career.
Let’s just say I don’t exactly see eye-to-eye with those kinds of people.
I should get out of the way the fact that I am a Green Bay Packers fan and was jubilant to see Roethlisberger, and his Steelers, lose Sunday, but I’m not worried about his career legacy.
He’s not retiring.
If anyone should be retiring, I’d expect it to be Hines Ward, but not even he is retiring.
The media, which I understand can’t stop itself from asking these types of questions about legacies, should seriously consider holding off on legacy talk until at least Roethlisberger’s 30th birthday.
I’m a media member myself, and I know it makes a good story. But Roethlisberger is not worried about his legacy one bit. This guy has two rings already. That’s more than Peyton Manning can say. That’s more than any Chicago Bears’ quarterback in the last 20 years, at least, can say.
That’s more than Packers’ Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers can say. So back off, media.
I would advise Steelers fans to not be worried one bit about your quarterback’s legacy, or for that matter the state of your team. Yes, the team is going to have a terrible taste in its mouth for a long time. But I can bet the Steelers will be back in that sort of situation. I can’t guarantee another Super Bowl appearance, nobody can, but you’re in good shape. Mike Tomlin is a great coach. I wouldn’t admit it before the Super Bowl was played, but I like him. I think he’s a great coach.
Of course, Mike McCarthy is the greatest coach. He’s No. 1. But that is beside my point.
Tomlin is going to get this team ready to win another Super Bowl.
One knowledgeable media member I watched on ESPN brought up the name John Elway. This is the reason why you shouldn’t start grading Roethlisberger’s legacy on a scale. Elway started his career losing three Super Bowls… then he came back at the very end of his career and won two.
Roethlisberger is in an extremely rare place having already won two Super Bowls by the time he was 28, and he was in good position Sunday to win a third. So don’t be worried, please.
I’ll tell you who isn’t worried. Tomlin’s not worried. Hines Ward isn’t worried. Roethlisberger isn’t worried. Nobody is worried on the Steelers end.
So stop talking about if he’s going to be in the Hall or not. He probably will be. Stop worrying about if he’ll ever get back to the Super Bowl. He probably will. He’s still going to be a very good quarterback after losing this Super Bowl.
Who knows, maybe this loss makes him better.