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Ben Roethlisberger: I said I would give it everything that I’ve got

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getty Images

When Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took an immediate trip from the field to the locker room on a cart after taking a Vontaze Burfict hit directly on his right shoulder, it seemed likely that the next update about his condition would involve talk of a broken collarbone or some other injury that precluded his return to the lineup.

As it turns out, Roethlisberger wasn’t done. He returned to the sideline with word from the team that he’d try to return to action, but watched Landry Jones and the offense sputter as the Bengals continued their comeback from 15 points down to take a 16-15 lead with 1:50 left to play. Jones then threw an interception that was followed by a Jeremy Hill fumble to give the Steelers the ball back. That’s when coach Mike Tomlin said he and Roethlisberger “kind of looked at each other and said now or never.”

“Coach came to me and asked me if I could do it, and I said I would give it everything that I’ve got,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger was 5-of-8 while keeping most of his throws short on the game-winning drive. The exception was a slightly longer throw to Antonio Brown that saw Burfict deliver a shot to Brown’s head, drawing a penalty that was followed by an Adam Jones personal foul and the winning field goal.

After the game, Roethlisberger said he told the coaches that he “couldn’t throw it that far” after one play call and didn’t answer a question about his outlook for next week. Tomlin said he had “no indication” whether Roethlisberger or Brown would be able to play in Denver and those should continue to be the two biggest questions of the week in Pittsburgh.

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52 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: I said I would give it everything that I’ve got”
  1. holeinone09 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:05 AM

    Big Ben = Superman. There is no doubt Ben would have continued to move them into FG position even without the stupid Bengal penalties. Ben is a winner. Bengals and their classless fans are LOSERS.

  2. bubbahotepp says: Jan 10, 2016 7:17 AM

    This was the Steelers’ Super Bowl, and I mean that with all due respect. Whatever happens from here on in, you stood tall.

  3. ohand16 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:27 AM

    Truly heroic. No other QB in the league could have done that.

  4. bettis3636 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:31 AM

    Burfict knocked out every star player on the team on offense… I’ve never see one player take out so many big time players single handily in my life…. Unreal

  5. Rolo Tomassi says: Jan 10, 2016 7:35 AM

    Looks like another coaching job just opened up

  6. diehardfootballfan says: Jan 10, 2016 7:41 AM

    Only Ben and Tom can make these things happen. All the other QB’s=chopped liver.

  7. painkiller20 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:43 AM

    The theatrics are getting old Ben. If you get carted off, it should be mandatory that you don’t return. This guy tries so hard to be labeled tough. He’s the farthest from it. Every quarterback gets hit and hurts throughout the season, with Ben it’s mandatory that everyone knows to what extreme it is though. The tough guys are the ones you don’t hear complain.

  8. denverdave3 says: Jan 10, 2016 8:02 AM

    This Bronco fan hopes both of the Pitt studs can play at their top level next week. Otherwise any victory over their team, which is not certain considering the Broncos don’t seem to know how to put a complete game together, would ring shallow.

    So heal up, come gives us your best game and may the best team move on with a well-earned victory.

  9. delhommegoat says: Jan 10, 2016 8:08 AM

    Big Ben never gives up, even if people are telling him “No”. He finds a way to push through.

  10. phillyfinsfan says: Jan 10, 2016 8:17 AM

    He’s still a scumbag and always will be.

  11. jetrainer says: Jan 10, 2016 8:20 AM

    Not a Steelers fan, but Big Ben is a warrior in the mold of all time greats, long gone. Vince Lombardi would love Ben Roethlisberger. He is an elite quarterback, and lays it all down for his team, in the game they are in. In today’s game, I don’t know of any QB that would do what BR did, by coming back in. And he’s done it in more than one game. He is “a brick house!”

  12. ravensaresuperior says: Jan 10, 2016 8:33 AM

    So he is the one who threw 30 yards worth of penalty flags to put them into field goal range. Got it

  13. freedomofspeechyesway says: Jan 10, 2016 8:34 AM

    He hurt his shoulder hitting the ground,the post could be a little clearer about that.

  14. weepingjebus says: Jan 10, 2016 8:34 AM

    All that on a shoulder that had to be amputated after the game, that’s true grit.

  15. Deb says: Jan 10, 2016 8:39 AM

    I’ve criticized Tomlin in the past for letting Roethlisberger play hurt because it didn’t help him or the team. But playoffs are sudden death, and clearly Landry Jones couldn’t do the job. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. If the Steelers can’t progress in the playoffs, so be it. But you can’t let cheap-shot artists drive you off the field. That was a game we had to win.

  16. openfieldtackle says: Jan 10, 2016 8:50 AM

    What a great leader!

  17. zack2482 says: Jan 10, 2016 8:55 AM

    Big Ben is the only one that would get carted off the field for a shoulder injury. Then amazingly he can come in and throw. He does this time and time again and he is never really severely injured. DRAMA QUEEN!

  18. ballin99999 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:04 AM

    legendary performance something people in Cincinnati wouldn’t know about

  19. relggigeht says: Jan 10, 2016 9:07 AM

    The only Steeler player that really stunk last night was Landry Jones. God help Steeler Nation if he starts against Denver. Landry Jones is a bum!

  20. jr4real says: Jan 10, 2016 9:13 AM

    Joey Porter? Who cares what he was doing. So your players can’t handle someone calling them names? You deserve to lose if you can’t keep under control.

  21. bradyisyourdaddy says: Jan 10, 2016 9:21 AM

    Got a cell right next to Bill Cosby for “Big Ben”

    Knock off the broncos at least.

  22. ravioles says: Jan 10, 2016 9:25 AM

    Dude has mental issues. No other reason to over dramatize every injury

  23. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 10, 2016 9:25 AM

    What an actor, once again milking the equivalent of a broken nail for all it’s worth so everyone can say how brave he was to play through it. The only time Roethlisberger truly “gave it everything he’s got” was when he raped those girls.

  24. macker1283 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:31 AM

    So Rothlisberger told him he “couldn’t throw that far” so Tomlin then put him out there for the most important drive of season? This smells made up.. Either that or the Bengals really bailed Tomlin out.

  25. bert1913 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:32 AM

    drama queen

  26. lp0320 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:57 AM

    macker1283 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 9:31 AM

    So Rothlisberger told him he “couldn’t throw that far” so Tomlin then put him out there for the most important drive of season? This smells made up.. Either that or the Bengals really bailed Tomlin out.

    __________________________________

    Clearly he couldn’t throw it down the field . . . hence the short passing routes . . . the Cincinnati defense, who covered the Pgh Receivers all game very well, didn’t realize this and gave up the short passes . . .

    Ben does what Ben does and that’s give 110% all of the time. The team clearly lost their major with his injury. He did what any good QB would do for their team.

    The sad thing for the Bengals team is that two players cost them this game. I don’t even blame Hill for the fumble, because they were still in control of the outcome at that time. Jones and Burfict should look in the mirror. And Marvin Lewis for not sitting them when they exhibited their out of control behavior before the end of the game.

  27. brett9990 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:01 AM

    Let’s be honest, if not for that bonehead fumble and ridiculous personal fouls by the Bengals nobody would care about Big Ben and his injuries. This is one of the rare cases where one team lost the game more than the other team won it.

  28. it's all bs says: Jan 10, 2016 10:02 AM

    bettis3636 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 7:31 AM
    Burfict knocked out every star player on the team on offense… I’ve never see one player take out so many big time players single handily in my life…. Unreal

    ______________________________

    and Ben comes back in and starts the game winning drive….yep UNREAL:)

  29. rjpats says: Jan 10, 2016 10:07 AM

    It would be a lot easier to like this guy if he wasn’t such a primadonna who feels the need to let everyone know what a warrior he is. And if he wasn’t a rapist.

  30. cinzano08 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:14 AM

    Ben, just contact the team doctor that got busted for providing peds and see what magical elixir he can conjure up for you. The game against the Broncos will be dubbed the PED bowl with Peyton and his stuff against the stealers and their stuff.

  31. relggigeht says: Jan 10, 2016 10:15 AM

    Suck it, haters. Brady is a cheater.

    Ben is the real deal and future Hall of Famer:)

  32. jtm12180 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:26 AM

    denverdave3 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 8:02 AM
    This Bronco fan hopes both of the Pitt studs can play at their top level next week. Otherwise any victory over their team, which is not certain considering the Broncos don’t seem to know how to put a complete game together, would ring shallow.

    So heal up, come gives us your best game and may the best team move on with a well-earned victory.

    ————————————-

    There ladies and gentlemen, is the difference between a Bengals fan and a Broncos fan..

  33. logast says: Jan 10, 2016 10:27 AM

    Whether one likes Big Ben or not, you cannot say he isn’t a tough motherfunker.

  34. clk320cpe says: Jan 10, 2016 10:27 AM

    “diehardfootballfan says:
    Jan 10, 2016 7:41 AM
    Only Ben and Tom can make these things happen. All the other QB’s=chopped liver.”

    Everyone forgets a certain iron man QB that hasn’t missed a start since being drafted in 2004 & has Super Bowl TWO MVP’s to his credit, winning both games with last minute TOUCHDOWN drives.

  35. bullogne says: Jan 10, 2016 10:42 AM

    It was obvious Big Ben couldn’t throw the ball down the field on his last drive. The fact he drove his team into Bengals territory is an unbelievable performance.

  36. openfieldtackle says: Jan 10, 2016 10:45 AM

    Ben is a winner and first ballot HOF player. Hopefully he solidifies his legacy with anothe SB title and SB MVP!
    #12 and #7 are numbers that will never be worn again in PGH!

  37. zonedogz says: Jan 10, 2016 10:58 AM

    Not a Steelers fan but after seeing Ben trot back onto the field knowing he was hurt, with his team losing a game they were in control of before he got hurt and staring defeat squarely in the eye trying to drive his team down the field for a potential game winning field goal was epic. Despite the Bengals mental meltdowns that allowed the winning FG to take place, that drive will cement his legacy as a sure first ballot HOF’er.

  38. gohawks7 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:01 AM

    How many times does he need to get carted off the field like Cleopatra, only to return because the injury wasn’t as bad as thought. What a diva. You want to prove you’re tough….play through the hang nail without pretending it’s a broken finger.

  39. cinzano08 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:05 AM

    30 yards in penalties and you call that a drive?

  40. mmack66 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:06 AM

    logast says:
    Jan 10, 2016 10:27 AM

    Whether one likes Big Ben or not, you cannot say he isn’t a tough motherfunker.
    ——————————

    I can. He’s out hurt all of the time.

    How do people look past that?

  41. mmack66 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    zonedogz says:
    Jan 10, 2016 10:58 AM

    Not a Steelers fan but after seeing Ben trot back onto the field knowing he was hurt, with his team losing a game they were in control of before he got hurt and staring defeat squarely in the eye trying to drive his team down the field for a potential game winning field goal was epic. Despite the Bengals mental meltdowns that allowed the winning FG to take place, that drive will cement his legacy as a sure first ballot HOF’er.
    ————————————

    He didn’t drive anyone down the field. A couple of big runs and a Bengals meltdown was all that drive was.

  42. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 10, 2016 11:24 AM

    Regardless of what the players did on the field, I’ve never seen anything so classless as when Cincy fans were throwing garbage at a guy being carted off the field.

  43. headin4seven says: Jan 10, 2016 11:36 AM

    Another great effort by Big Ben, shuting down the Bengals and shutting up their classless fans!

  44. stampnhawk says: Jan 10, 2016 11:42 AM

    So he wasn’t out there for the drive with the INT, but after 1 play and Bengals fumble, he is? And can’t throw that far, but airmailed one 35 yards on the Brown injury.

    Give me a break, a drama Queen playing up injuries and a liar, like a few women who got settlements can tell you.

  45. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 10, 2016 11:46 AM

    Truly a heroic performance by Big Ben Roethlisberger. No doubt Citizenstranger is so in awe he is unable to type on his computer today.

  46. crusty14 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:50 AM

    Yes I do call it a drive! Considering it started inside the steelers 15 yard line, and they were around the bengals 45 when the bengals boneheadedness set in, it certainly was a game winning drive.

    Who knows, if burfect doesn’t do his stupid hit, ben may have still completed another pass that would’ve put them in FG range anyway

  47. Deb says: Jan 10, 2016 1:06 PM

    How many times does he need to get carted off the field like Cleopatra, only to return because the injury wasn’t as bad as thought. What a diva. You want to prove you’re tough….play through the hang nail without pretending it’s a broken finger.

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    He played with a broken nose. He played with a high ankle sprain when he shouldn’t have. He played immediately after an emergency appendectomy. He came back from a serious car accident well before he was ready. These incidents and more are all documented. I’ve often been a Roethlisberger critic, but some of you are too quick to forget the many times he has played through real, significant injuries.

    I don’t like it when my team loses, either. But I try not to be a whining idiot about it.

  48. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 10, 2016 1:07 PM

    Won’t be long before Drama Ben pulls the pulls a Joe Pendleton from “Heaven can wait” . . . DOA on a stretcher, then jump up grab his helmet and save the game.

    Give this man his SAG card and be done with it.

  49. bestinafcnorth says: Jan 10, 2016 1:42 PM

    Ha Ha. Just love all you haters. You would kill to have him be your teams qb.
    GO STEELERS

  50. shracerx says: Jan 10, 2016 10:15 PM

    Polish up that tiara, Drama Queen!!!

  51. ybthatway says: Jan 11, 2016 9:05 AM

    How many times does he need to get carted off the field like Cleopatra, only to return because the injury wasn’t as bad as thought. What a diva. You want to prove you’re tough….play through the hang nail without pretending it’s a broken finger.

    —————————————————————–
    He played with a broken nose. He played with a high ankle sprain when he shouldn’t have. He played immediately after an emergency appendectomy. He came back from a serious car accident well before he was ready. These incidents and more are all documented. I’ve often been a Roethlisberger critic, but some of you are too quick to forget the many times he has played through real, significant injuries.

    I don’t like it when my team loses, either. But I try not to be a whining idiot about it.
    —————————————————–
    And he suddenly had a “concussion” when the Stealers went down by 9 and he realized they were going to lose against the Seahawks…….Drama Queen…….

  52. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 13, 2016 4:40 AM

    tough yes …. dramatic no doubt ……. made bengals fans cry check
    canton fer sure !
    more lombardis … hopefully

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