Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Roethlisberger put the nameplate from his most recent Super Bowl appearance in his bathroom, a fitting spot to commemorate the crappy end to his season.
“To see that every day is just motivation for me to work out, to bust my butt to not let it happen again because I want to be a champion. And, right now, I’m not a champion,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger’s goal now is to win more Super Bowls than any other quarterback.
“I want to get one more than anybody else,” he said. “This would have been a great step, but now I feel I took a step back. This will haunt me until I can win another one. And it’ll still probably haunt me a little bit. But until I win another one, it’ll haunt me a lot.”
Big Ben seemed to slip into some bad habits after his second title, so perhaps the loss will help to keep him hungry and focused during this stage of his career.
“The first loser, and that kills me. Until I can get back to that point, I want to remember the pain, and it’s going to burn in me until we can get back and win one,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger keeps the nameplates from his two championships along with other memorabilia in a game room in his house. The Super Bowl XLV nameplate will stay in the bathroom, a daily reminder about finishing No. 2.