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Ben Roethlisberger worked on arm strength, fitness in offseason

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With 10 largely successful NFL seasons already under his belt, it would be understandable if Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stuck to his usual offseason workout routine.

However, Roethlisberger changed his approach entering his 11th campaign. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 32-year-old Roethlisberger employed a nutritionist and a personal trainer.

“I want this year to be my best year and if I have to do extra things I’m going to do it,” Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette‘s Ed Bouchette.

Of his new regimen, Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette: “I felt like the time is right. That youth wears off. You start getting to 32, it’s time. As your body deteriorates, your natural talents start to go a little bit.”

According to the Post-Gazette, the 6-foot-5, 241-pound Roethlisberger also worked on his arm strength in the offseason, and Roethlisberger indicated he’s already seen some of the fruits of labor.

“My arm is stronger than it’s been in my career, I believe,” Roethlisberger told the paper. “Even in [spring] practices and minicamp the receivers said, ‘Ben that ball is getting to us a lot quicker, with a lot more spin on it, it feels real good.’ That should translate into better play.”

If Roethlisberger has calculated correctly and made the proper changes to his fitness, it should only help him remain a high-level starting quarterback. Thirty-two isn’t that old for a quarterback, especially for the very best at the position. Look no further than Peyton Manning (38), Tom Brady (37 in August) and Drew Brees (35).

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40 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger worked on arm strength, fitness in offseason”
  1. nfloracle says: Jul 26, 2014 5:11 PM

    Johnny Foozball should be taking notes on this instead of rolling up twenty dollar bills in bathrooms.

  2. timcast12 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:11 PM

    Not even that good of a QB

  3. wickedmainah says: Jul 26, 2014 5:14 PM

    Roethlisberger will ALWAYS be an underrated QB because of the Defenses that he’s had backing him up. This guy is a top 5 QB RIGHT NOW and is without a question the best quarterback of his class. Look what he did the last half of the year last season, He FINALLY started learning Todd Haley’s scheme and it showed. (Oh, and he started all 16 games for only the 2nd time of his career.) I like the way their explosive offense is going and I Expect BIG things out of BIG Ben this year. GO STEELERS!!!

  4. jmssportsfanatic4ever says: Jul 26, 2014 5:15 PM

    Great job Ben!!!! I can’t wait to see how you will look and throw in a few months!!!! HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!!!

  5. folkcrusader says: Jul 26, 2014 5:20 PM

    A lot of aging QBs go the fitness route late in their career. Personally I haven’t seen it make them better, but it makes them acceptable for longer.

    Ben’s issue is not his arm anyway, it’s when he looks like he is running around with a fire plug taped to each leg. If he could exercise those knees back to health then he might have something.

  6. sportsfan18 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:21 PM

    wickedmainah says:
    Jul 26, 2014 5:14 PM
    Roethlisberger will ALWAYS be an underrated QB because of the Defenses that he’s had backing him up. This guy is a top 5 QB RIGHT NOW and is without a question the best quarterback of his class. Look what he did the last half of the year last season, He FINALLY started learning Todd Haley’s scheme and it showed. (Oh, and he started all 16 games for only the 2nd time of his career.) I like the way their explosive offense is going and I Expect BIG things out of BIG Ben this year. GO STEELERS!!!

    3 0

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    I like Ben, but you think he’s a top 5 QB right now?

    In no particular order we have Peyton, Brady, Rodgers and Brees.

    However one wants to rank those 4 men, spots 1 to 4 are now occupied.

    So, maybe Ben is #5 but there is competition.

    Rivers of the Chargers is better than most realize, take a peek at his numbers.

    Russell Wilson with his first two season both being over a 100 QB rating with strong other numbers like completion %, low INT % etc…

    Ben is in the group battling for #5 though.

    He’s good, real good.

  7. posmoo says: Jul 26, 2014 5:24 PM

    gotta wonder why he didn’t bother to work on nutrition his first 10 years in.

  8. zztom45toms says: Jul 26, 2014 5:25 PM

    “it would be understandable if Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stuck to his usual offseason workout routine.”

    But this is the first year of being old and over-the-hill.

  9. bettis3636 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:36 PM

    Wow a whole article about Big Ben and PFT didnt bash him or make a joke about him… finally a professional article!

  10. jrob23 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:36 PM

    Perhaps it might have been better to do this all along huh Ben? My issue with him is he has never looked like a guy that lifted a single weight. It always appeared that he got by on sheer innate athletic ability. I always wondered how good he might have been if he actually studied film and worked on his craft. His remarks about this being the time to do this as his natural skills are slowly going away proves I was right about him. I suppose it’s not too late but I imagine there might have been another ring at least if he had been that hard working guy from the beginning. Better late than never I suppose.

  11. Deb says: Jul 26, 2014 5:52 PM

    It’s tough not to be cynical when Roethlisberger suddenly hires a nutritionist and personal trainer during his contract year. Yes, Ben’s a huge talent who’s done great things with the Steelers. But I’ve been posting for years that he could have done more if he’d been willing to work harder. Maybe the sudden willingness to get in shape comes from maturing and recognizing how long he lasts in this business will depend on how well he maintains his body. And maybe it’s at least partly due to knowing this coming off season he’ll likely be negotiating the last significant contract of his career.

  12. 15starr says: Jul 26, 2014 5:53 PM

    I would hope so

  13. drfeelyouup says: Jul 26, 2014 5:58 PM

    Fitness? For Big Ben that means walking quickly back to the cashier for another three Whoppers.

  14. psmith7716 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:01 PM

    Some of you so-called Stiller fans are never satisfied. Ben may not be the best, but he has been better than most, and we are lucky to have him. I remain a huge fan and hope he and the Stillers win it all this year.

  15. b412 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:01 PM

    Big Ben isn’t a great example for anyone. He’s done well despite looking like an out of shaped Will Ferrell. Ben has his own issues with violence against women etc. Johnny Footballs antics seen pretty tame compared to some of Ben’s.

  16. tripsz says: Jul 26, 2014 6:06 PM

    Underrated? Please. This QB is one of the most overrated in the NFL. Also, lets not forget his sickening history with women. He’s been consistently carried and has greatly benefited from multiple top 5 defenses his whole career. He has had 7 top 5 defenses. Show me a QB who wouldn’t win with 7 top 5 defenses. His post season stats are below average. 20 tds to 17 picks. Played so disgustingly in the superbowl which resulted in a 22.6 rating (lowest in NFL history) and 2 red zone picks. All facts, numbers don’t lie. Bunch of Dave Damashek clones (clowns) in here.

  17. nflcinbengals says: Jul 26, 2014 6:10 PM

    Ben is an absolute beast! I wouldn’t doubt him or his skills neither.

  18. abninf says: Jul 26, 2014 6:11 PM

    Tim Tebow broke that team. They’ve done nothing since.

  19. stew48 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:15 PM

    Ben is, and has been, an elite qb, not high level. It would be nice if some commenters would stick to facts, not manufactured trash. If I were given the opportunity to choose my qb for 2014 from any in the league, it would be easy to select BR. And, the only competition is P Manning.

  20. natelan says: Jul 26, 2014 6:24 PM

    Steelers win 8.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 26, 2014 6:24 PM

    Jul 26, 2014 6:11 PM
    Tim Tebow broke that team. They’ve done nothing since.

    That’s ok Ray a Rice just broke your joke of a team. You know the wife beaters…oh sorry the a Ravens.

  22. holeinone09 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:49 PM

    With a running game, and Hopefully a solid consistent. OL, and maturity, Ben could have his near year ever. Glad he is on my Team.

  23. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 26, 2014 6:56 PM

    How do you work on arm strength? Not trolling that’s just one of those things where you have it or you don’t. Granted Roethlisberger’s never suffered from a lack of arm strength, but how do you work on it?

  24. juanweiner says: Jul 26, 2014 7:01 PM

    What has Tebow done lately? Oh yeah, nothing in the NFL.
    Go Ben, just stay healthy.

  25. furious76 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:22 PM

    He should have worked on upgrading that D to keep carrying him. Since the D in PIT has dropped off over the years, so has the Steelers winning percentages.

    Probably the most over rated QB in the game right now. He owns the distinct honor of having the lowest QB rating to ever win a SB, but nobody seems to think he was carried year after year by solid D.

    He can throw and his size makes him hard to take down. He lacks vision and elite mental game.

  26. udontknowjaq says: Jul 26, 2014 7:43 PM

    I find it funny a lot of fans complain that the NFL is a passing league & all the Qb’s get protected & all the rules are geared for offense. But give to much respect to Brees & Manning & then these fans down Ben’s game! Ben plays the game tough like throwback players Staubach, Bradshaw, & Bart Star. They had great defenses & won championships hard nose style. Even Montana had top 5 defenses! The year in year out top 5 QB’s gets all this respect for stats & numbers they put up in their passing systems in today’s offensive NFL. But limited championships! The Steelers had plenty of top 5 Defenses in Cowers years but no SB wins until Ben got there. I feel lucky that he is the Qb for my fav team. Fans of other teams can complain & cry their teams Qb is better & try to down Ben’s game, & spoiled Steelers fans can nick pick his game & personal life, but that comes with being a champion & Qb of the Pittsburgh Steelers.. Cause in todays NFL fans are hypocrites & haters gonna hate.

  27. drewzducks says: Jul 26, 2014 8:07 PM

    The only competition to BR is Manning? Brees, Brady, Rodgers and Luck are all vastly superior to Ben. It’s one thing to be a Fanboy, it’s another to be a total dunce.

  28. jukeboxhero101 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:25 PM

    way to go big ben. nice to see your in shape. now maybe it won’t take you so long to pick yourself up off the ground 10 times a game.

  29. pittspuke7 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:43 PM

    Nfloracle says:
    Johnny Foozball should be taking notes on this instead of rolling up twenty dollar bills in bathrooms.
    _____________________________________________
    Well I wouldn’t be taking notes from Ben. …..Do you think this is worse than what Ben was accused of doing in bathrooms with girls?

  30. sportsinhd says: Jul 26, 2014 8:47 PM

    The “Ben has been carried by great defenses his whole career” is an absolutely ridiculous argument. I remember when the defense put together that game winning drive in the Super Bowl against the Cardinals. Oh wait, that was Ben and the offense after the defense gave up a go ahead touchdown with 2 minutes and 37 seconds left in the game.

  31. baltimorons says: Jul 26, 2014 9:00 PM

    He’ll always be 100 times better than flacco.

  32. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jul 26, 2014 10:25 PM

    Ya Ben had poor numbers in super bowl 40 but what do numbers really mean? He wins more games with keeping plays alive than he does by throwing 4 tds and 400 yards. The only number that matters is wins and how many qbs in the NFL have him beat there?

    BTW kremis, u need a new post. The Tebow thing makes you sound like a broken record

  33. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jul 26, 2014 10:30 PM

    BTW the answer is 3. Manning Brady brees. And only manning and Brady have higher winning percentages. Put those numbers in your smoke and pipe it

  34. drs12522 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:40 PM

    Keep in mind, that’s 32 with about as many hits as those other 3 guys put together. Ask Chris Carr if that makes a difference.

  35. clashpoint says: Jul 27, 2014 8:03 AM

    Former Saint and new Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore recently compared Ben’s arm with Drew Brees’ arm, and indicated Ben’s was the stronger. He’s always had a better than average arm, but it’s good to see him trying out new training regimes to help keep it that way as he gets older.

    For those of you who make the “Ben’s overweight” comments, shush yourselves. I want him big! This is what’s helped him take all those hits over the years when the offensive line occasionally resembled a matador convention. Ben is one of the hardest to tackle quarterbacks of all time, and I don’t care who thinks differently. Even with a line that might be pretty good by the end of the year, I STILL want him that way.

    Go Steelers!

  36. winninaintsinnin says: Jul 27, 2014 12:17 PM

    No BR fan and this just shows why.

    After 10 years of making $millions you think it might be time to actually put forth effort beyond the minimum necessary?

    Wow.

    I’ve said many times that he looked fat. Now it’s proven.

    And he’s the team leader?

  37. tinytoolalldrool says: Jul 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    Glad to hear he got his weight under 400 lbs.

  38. steelcurtainn says: Jul 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    Big Ben is a winner. His win loss record says it all. Without him the steelers are probably still stuck at 4 superbowl wins. With him they have 6 and they’ll eventually get number 7.

  39. mowejo468 says: Jul 28, 2014 2:52 AM

    All of you saying he hasn’t been working are clearly ignorant. Just because he hired new people doesn’t mean he wasn’t working before. Jeez people always get on Ben. If anyone of you actually paid attention you’d know that Ben has always worked hard. Plus, Ben is a top 5 QB and I’ll tell you why. He’s on pace to finish in the top 10 in every major passing category. He’s finally in an offense that can showcase his abilities and he’s done more with less offensively than most QBs in the NFL. For the majority of his career his O-line has been terrible and he didn’t have a big play receiver. He had Hines Ward but he was more of a reliable receiver than a big play one. He didn’t have that big play threat until Wallace came in and then Brown. Just wait Ben is going to prove all of you wrong.

  40. boltingup says: Jul 28, 2014 2:53 AM

    What exciting news! A football player is trying to improve in the off-season? Come on. Give is some better news than this crap.

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