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Big Ben close to Bradshaw’s record, not close to Bradshaw

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It’s only taken Ben Roethlisberger nine years to do what Terry Bradshaw did in 14.

But even though the environment makes it far easier to rack up passing yards than in Bradshaw’s era, Roethlisberger is still honored to be in the same conversation.

It’s an awesome honor, you know?” Roethlisberger said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Shoot, a storied franchise and he’s The Guy, the face of this. I know there’s a lot of ’70s Steelers, but, when you’re talking about quarterbacks and offense and stuff, he’s the guy.

“To have an opportunity to break another record — and this one is a pretty big one.”

Roethlisberger needs 300 yards to pass Bradshaw’s team record of 27,989 passing yards. Against the Titans, 25th in the league in pass defense, there’s certainly a chance to do just that.

Of course, Bradshaw has a 4-2 advantage in the most important Steelers record — Super Bowl rings.

But as much as their names are linked, the two don’t have a good relationship. Bradshaw has been critical of Roethlisberger in his role as a Fox analyst, going as far as saying he’d get rid of him if he was the Steelers owner. Intermediaries have reportedly tried to get the two together, to no avail.

“We haven’t talked,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve never had an issue [with him]. He said a bunch of things in the past about me; it hurts a little bit when you think about family, but I’ve never been one to say anything to him or at him.”

Along those lines, Roethlisberger said he’s excited for Miami University quarterback Zac Dysert, who is 584 yards from breaking his own school passing record.

“I’m happy for him,” Roethlsiberger said. “Records are meant to be broken. I think that’s great. I’m excited for him to get that.

“I think that Terry’s excited, but I don’t know.”

Roethlisberger certainly deserves his share of the blame, but Bradshaw has the opportunity to be the bigger man here, and the hope is any tension that remains between the two can be set aside in the future.

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40 Responses to “Big Ben close to Bradshaw’s record, not close to Bradshaw”
  1. spedman24 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:01 AM

    Why would Bradshaw have to be the bigger man? Little Ben didn’t come up big when he was sexually harassing (raping) women

  2. vincentbojackson says: Oct 10, 2012 8:06 AM

    Bradshaw is paid to be an analyst and has made a nice living after football by saying exactly what’s on his mind. That being said, Terry has shown in the past that he can be petty and hold a grudge. Both of these guys need to dial it down and grow up.

    News flash, NFL QB’s have giant egos that are easily bruised.

  3. metalhead65 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:28 AM

    let me get this straight, bradshaw will be the bigger man because big ben wants nothing to do with the guy who slams him on national tv? I hope he never has anything to do with him and as a Bears fan I hope Cutler never sits down for a interview with him no matter how much he begs for it as Jay leads the bears to the playoffs and super bowl. their jobs are to play football not make guys like bradshaw and rome look good. you know guys who can talk all they want but take offense at anybody who dares defend themselves or in this case choose to ignore them and give them even more pub for being a jerk.

  4. yeeeeeep says: Oct 10, 2012 8:31 AM

    who cares, I just wasted four minutes of my life reading this and posting about it

  5. randallflagg52 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:32 AM

    Ben Roethlisberger AKA the most overrated QB of all time. I can’t believe that steeler fans consider this guy a potential HOFer, even Joe Theismann had a much better career than Ben, winning all pro and MVP honors (something Ben never even sniffed) and steeler fans have the audicity to suggest that Ben is a HOF player. What a joke of a franchise and a human being. Ben should be in jail.

  6. steelersownyou says: Oct 10, 2012 8:33 AM

    Bradshaw threw almost as many int’s as td passes. He is a loud mourh egotistical jerk. Talk about ben being a “drama queen” Bradshaw was 10 times worse! Bradshaw is a pimple on big ben’s a**. Ben will be in hof someday. Haters hate ben but this guy wins and he’s all heart! Glad to have him..He will be missed when his career is over. That is when the steelers wull truly be rebuilding!!!

  7. greenmtnboy31 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:40 AM

    This is just Terry being Terry, hungry for a little attention. Of course he would get rid of him, and protecting his team record would be his primary motivation in a vain attempt to remain relevant.

    Does anyone even listen to what Terry says anyway? I mean other than some struggling reporter looking to create a story. It doesn’t sound like Roethlisberger does.

  8. redguy12588 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:44 AM

    I could have sworn that they had an interview together two years ago, oh well.

  9. lgbarn says: Oct 10, 2012 8:46 AM

    Terry is right not to be anywhere close to you Ben.

  10. joecancun says: Oct 10, 2012 8:48 AM

    Could it be that Bradshaw, a father of two daughters, doesn’t want to be friendly with Roethlsiberger, alleged sexual assaulter of three?

    But wait, let’s not forget about what is really important; career passing yard records…

  11. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 10, 2012 8:55 AM

    “Bradshaw has the opportunity to be the bigger man here”….

    What exactly is that supposed to mean? Are you blaming Terry Bradshaw for not wanting to associate himself with a person who has a propensity for violence?? One of the biggest problems among NFL athletes is the lack of boundaries they put up for themselves which ultimately end up getting them in huge sums of trouble, so much so that you have a damn “Days Without An Arrest” counter on this freaking web page! Yet Terry Bradshaw is a bad guy for having a boundary around himself for animals like Roethlisberger?? COME ON MAN….MAKE UP YOUR MIND.

  12. 4thqtrsaint says: Oct 10, 2012 9:02 AM

    Careful Ben, QBs these days don’t “earn” records. Its a passing league, so its no big deal. The original QB with the record you’re breaking will always be better than you. You’ll have to break that record x2 for anybody to be amazed by it. Just ask Drew Brees.

  13. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Oct 10, 2012 9:16 AM

    Terry doesn’t owe Ben some sort of grand gesture when Ben breaks his record. He doesn’t even have to cover it if he doesn’t want to. By the same token, Ben doesn’t have to like or suck-up to Terry just because he covers the sport. The line between media personalities/Ex-players and current players is getting blurred by the day. Ultimately though it shouldn’t matter.

    Congrats to Ben on breaking a HOFer’s record. He’s been a tremendous PLAYER (not going to say man, or teammate – but definitely player), for the Steelers Organization for a long time. He’s got more good years ahead of him and hopefully more rings in his future.

  14. melikefootball says: Oct 10, 2012 9:18 AM

    It is as different game all together but we cheered for Drew in new Orleans and Big Ben deserves some time as well, as poor a offensive line he has had in the years in Pittburgh. Noted you won’t see one defensive player break any records for a long time. Maybe in total amount of fines.

  15. micklethepickle says: Oct 10, 2012 9:21 AM

    There is really something wrong with this country when people are willing to praise and even look up to garbage like Roethlisberger, a sexual predator, simply because they are capable of playing a GAME well.

    Do they put something in the water in Pennsylvania that makes the average sports fan blind to violent felonies? Vick, Big Ben…. kudos to Bradshaw for having some shred of character and calling a duck a duck.

  16. footballgenius55 says: Oct 10, 2012 9:29 AM

    Terry needs to grow up look Ben made a few mistakes but terry is just like the other guys in the nfl player media they forget the roots of their success and bash teams they played for sad. Also news flash Ben’s 2 are better than Terry’s 4. Terry had a great team around him. Yes Ben didn’t play great in one Super Bowl by don’t forget he was still in the early stage of his career and was in SUPER BOWLS. Sad terry just sad.

  17. Stiller43 says: Oct 10, 2012 9:40 AM

    I thought last year or two years ago there was a story about how bradshaw and ben “made up?”..about how they both said it was pretty much over nothing and it was stupid, but bradshaws in his corner….? I think it was during a bradshaw to ben interview

  18. jgrange08 says: Oct 10, 2012 9:43 AM

    Don’t care if Bradshaw like Roethlisberger…Bradshaw hated the Steelers and Pittsburgh after he retired it took him almost 20 years to even return to the stadium. He hates them and the fans bc they booed him and he had a “sensitive emotional side”…so not surprising either he wanted the Steelers to dump him before he broke his records

  19. blutbaddenbill says: Oct 10, 2012 9:52 AM

    Hope big ben breaks all of bradshaw’s records! i always respected bradshaw until he whined about big ben a few seasons ago.bradshaw is the most overated qb in league history,but don’t tell him that unless you want to hear him talk 5 hours about how great he is!

  20. holeinone09 says: Oct 10, 2012 9:55 AM

    Much ado about nothing here. It does not matter if they like each other. I also thought they had a conversation a year or so ago, but so what if they don’t speak ever again? They are the 2 best QBs the Steelers ever had, they played in different eras under different rules, and both are winners.

    Bradshaw left the Steelers angry and didn’t even show up at the Chief’s funeral. He is/was as much a diva as people say Ben is. And yes it was Bradshaw that said the negative things about Ben, which was his right to do so if that was his opinion. Glad the Steelers didn’t follow Bradshaw’s advice about getting rid of Ben, and glad Ben has behaved in a stellar fashion since he made mistakes in the past.

  21. blacknyellablacknyella says: Oct 10, 2012 9:57 AM

    “steelersownyou says:Oct 10, 2012 8:33 AM

    Bradshaw threw almost as many int’s as td passes. He is a loud mourh egotistical jerk. Talk about ben being a “drama queen” Bradshaw was 10 times worse! Bradshaw is a pimple on big ben’s a**. Ben will be in hof someday. Haters hate ben but this guy wins and he’s all heart! Glad to have him..He will be missed when his career is over. That is when the steelers wull truly be rebuilding!!!”

    everybody on here has long suspected you of being an immature teenager and we just roll our eyes and move on (embarrassed-for you- steelers fans especially). in light of reading this, we now know, more clearly, you’re in your EARLY teens.

  22. blacknyellablacknyella says: Oct 10, 2012 10:02 AM

    micklethepickle says:Oct 10, 2012 9:21 AM

    There is really something wrong with this country when people are willing to praise and even look up to garbage like Roethlisberger, a sexual predator, simply because they are capable of playing a GAME well.

    Do they put something in the water in Pennsylvania that makes the average sports fan blind to violent felonies? Vick, Big Ben…. kudos to Bradshaw for having some shred of character and calling a duck a duck.”

    i think you’ve been sitting too long on your pickle, mickle.

    “violent felonies?” ha! please! he slept with some looney tune in lake tahoe that went glen close on him when he wouldn’t return her calls and then he hooked up with a girl in a college bar bathroom. we would have never even heard about the second random hookup had it not been for nutjob mcnulty ruining his reputation with no-merit allegations of rape that local prosecutors took one glance at and quickly dismissed.

    “do they put something in the water in pennsylvania . . . ?” seriously. you just did a fine job of displaying your ignorance with this comment in regards to vick (who didn’t even arrive in pennsylvania until years after his crimes that were committed in an entirely different state).

    sorry to interrupt. back to your pickle.

  23. imarguingontheinternet says: Oct 10, 2012 10:12 AM

    I wonder how many of these armchair Matlocks in these comments realize Ben has never even been charged with a crime.

    It’s especially funny from Ravens fans who think that someone actual charged with a crime but accepting a plea makes them innocent.

  24. dmretrogames says: Oct 10, 2012 10:14 AM

    Bradshaw was surrounded by how many HOF’ers on offense? Swann, Stallworth, Webby, and Harris. The defense that kept his offense alive for most of his career has Greene, Lambert, Ham, and Blount in the Hall.

    Simply comparing rings to rings is misguided.

  25. arburton300 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:16 AM

    This is just Terry being Terry. I’ve always been a big fan of his on and off the field. The one issue I have with Bradshaw is that he can be a little over critical on player and in particular Steelers . He also has a bad habit of personalizing things. Terry tends to forget about all the trouble he got into when he was playing the game. How would his and other players from 70′s and 80′s legacy have changed if they had 24 news cycle and the internet. Like Big Ben or not he’s taking the right road on the issue.

  26. originalsteelcurtain says: Oct 10, 2012 10:35 AM

    I’ve seen almost every game both of these great QB’s have played.

    The passing #s are skewed in Ben’s favor due to differences in the 2 eras.

    If they were contemporaries fighting for the Steeler #1 QB job, Ben would win and TB would be a bench warmer.

    I don’t get Bradshaw zinging Ben at all…but Terry is a VERY different cat.

  27. godzilla111111 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:35 AM

    imarguingontheinternet says: Oct 10, 2012 10:12 AM

    I wonder how many of these armchair Matlocks in these comments realize Ben has never even been charged with a crime.

    It’s especially funny from Ravens fans who think that someone actual charged with a crime but accepting a plea makes them innocent.
    ————————————————————————————

    The 2 clowns with Ray were tried for murder and found innocent.
    Are you bright enough to comprehend the implications of this?

  28. daburgher says: Oct 10, 2012 10:48 AM

    I wish people would watch the taped interview with the “victim” and the police. I was ready for Ben to be cut until I saw that interview. It’s clear that she was embarrassed to have sex in a bar bathroom but somehow needed to save face. However I do understand its much easier to hate than to look @ the facts

  29. fancyleague says: Oct 10, 2012 10:54 AM

    No one who had that role in Cannonball Run should be criticizing anybody else on the planet.

  30. borderline1988 says: Oct 10, 2012 10:59 AM

    I’ve always thought Ben Roethesberger was overrated, but he always seems to find a way to win.
    The Steelers offense doesn’t look like the Patriots’ or the Packers’, but they always have playmakers on the field, who seem to come up big in the biggest of situations (Hines Ward, Willie Parker, Mendenhall, Holmes, etc.). Kind of like Manning in NY.

    With regards to this spat, it’s just a personal thing for Bradshaw. Guys like that have large egos and are very proud, and usually dislike when people overtake their legacies. If you think Bradshaw dislikes Ben solely b/c he takes the moral high road, you’re clueless.

    Ben was a bit of an a** with the women. But he didn’t do anything illegal, and he apologized and moved on.

  31. siggy00 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:23 AM

    I think Bouchette has forgotten that Ben was interviewed by Bradshaw prior to the Super Bowl two years ago.

    And as far as off the field stuff goes? These words below speak for themselves:

    I lived only for Terry Bradshaw, not for God. I tried to be one of the boys and went to every honky-tonk I could find and chased women and behaved in a way that was totally alien to anything I had ever known before … My whole life was out of control.”
    ______________

    Let’s also not forget that when Bradshaw was 32, he met his eventual 3rd (and eventual 3rd ex) wife when she was 19.

    He’s a blowhard hypocrite, and always has been.

  32. CKL says: Oct 10, 2012 11:28 AM

    They talked, at Bradshaw’s request, prior to the Steelers’ last SB vs GB. My understanding from the accounts I’ve seen is that the air was cleared and there was an understanding between the two. Not sure why BR would say they hadn’t talked unless he meant about the records.

  33. cavemanna says: Oct 10, 2012 12:07 PM

    For you guys bashing Bradshaw. I didn’t see a quote or comment from Terry in the article. “this is just Terry being Terry?” what a stupid comment. Egats Terry doing again?Whoop t doo for big Ben . Terry never was a big stats guy anyways. His yardage is like half of Marinos, Farve, etc.

  34. deathspiralx says: Oct 10, 2012 12:41 PM

    Bradshaw had issues with Ben’s off field behavior (multiple incidents) and the negative light it cast on the Steeler organization.

    I don’t understand the call for Bradshaw to let that slide and mend fences because of a passing record. How hypocritical would that be?

    Bradshaw should be commended.

  35. Deb says: Oct 10, 2012 4:21 PM

    Roethlisberger deserves his share of the blame regarding general jackassery, but he doesn’t deserve any blame for the icy relations with Bradshaw. As a diehard Steelers fan, I’ll always love Bradshaw. But Terry’s ego is exceptionally fragile, even for a public figure.

    He’s never been able to handle the fan appreciation of Roethlisberger. His problems with Ben don’t have anything to do with assault accusations that were proved false by the evidence. Terry had a long history of bar-hopping and carrying on with women younger than Roethlisberger’s ever hit on. This is all about Steelers fans booing and ridiculing Bradshaw in his early days while they idolized #7 for winning a championship in his second year. It’s envy, nothing more.

  36. mancinibread says: Oct 10, 2012 6:59 PM

    The record is even more impressive considering Ben is the most sacked QB in the league.

  37. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 10, 2012 7:37 PM

    Bradshaw has always had a very fragile pysche in terms of emotional responses to criticism, boos from the crowd, Noll’s blunt coaching style and just a long list of real or perceived slights — even lumping in the City of Pittsburgh on his “they hurt my feelings” list.

    So it seems like Bradshaw’s outspokenness and harshly critical and unforgiving condemnations against Ben (plus others) – starts to encroach into the hypocrisy zone.

    And one other thing about Bradshaw’s psyche: he just loves, no, I mean LOVVVVES, to talk about how he came up big in the big games. His eyes light up when he talks about his 4 rings and how only Montana is worthy to be in that same discussion.

    As a Steeler fan, my preference is for hard-nosed athletes who’ll put a hat on you, not make excuses and players who don’t talk a lot of noize trying to tear others down or hyping themselves. Unfortunately, Terry has some qualities that are the opposite of all that.

  38. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 11, 2012 2:45 PM

    The only stats needed when comparing Roethlisberger and Bradshaw are these:
    – Bradshaw: 27,989 career passing yards and 212 career TD passes.
    – Roethlisberger: 27,527 career passing yards and 172 career TD passes.
    Obviously, Bradshaw was more skilled at getting his teams into the end zones than Roethlisberger, which is really the true measure of any quarterback.
    By the way: Nearly every quarterback from Bradshaw’s era threw more interceptions than TD passes. Back then, dinks and dunks had yet to be invented, and it was a “bombs away” era.
    No one threw a better deep ball than Terry Bradshaw.

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 11, 2012 5:04 PM

    Deb:
    You could not be more wrong about Bradshaw. He was a loner. He suffered from depression, which prevented him from being very social. He even refrained from hanging out with his teammates. He moved his mother in with him to keep him company. He was also a deeply religious person.
    Do some homework before you lump everyone in with Roethlisberger. Just because Bill did it, that doesn’t mean all presidents did it.

  40. fpstratton says: Jul 3, 2013 3:47 PM

    This whole “controversy” is ridiculous. Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw are both winners on the football field. They have both contributed immensely to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ legacy as champions, and they were both extremely effective quarterbacks in their respective days. As far as all the off-the-field stuff, I don’t care about it precisely because it’s off the field. I am a sports spectator, not the supreme judge of human beings.

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