Roethlisberger disputes Arians’ account of “blunt” Joey Porter message

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Here’s the thing about tell-all books. Some of the people about whom things are told don’t react well.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a former pupil and close friend of Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, takes issue with a story stared by the former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator in his new book, The Quarterback Whisperer.

“During the [2005] season Ben often acted immature, as if all the stories that documented the greatness of ‘Big Ben’ had gone to his head,” Arians writes. “He wasn’t signing as many autographs for teammates as he should; some days he would sign, some days he wouldn’t.”

During a team meeting late in the regular season, linebacker Joey Porter singled out Roethlisberger with “blunt language” according to Arians, telling the quarterback that he “needed to be ‘one of us.’” Roethlisberger instantly “became a different person” and “grew up fast,” Arians says.

On Friday, Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the facts were erroneous.

“I was just more disappointed that the facts weren’t accurate,” Roethlisberger said. “I texted [Arians] on that and said, ‘I wished you would have talked to me and got the facts right before it came out.’ But it is what it is.”

While Roethlisberger admits he was called out by Porter, Roethlisberger said it didn’t have a positive impact on the then-second-year player.

“If anything, it made me despise Joey,” Roethlisberger said.

He added that he currently doesn’t despise Porter. And that’s a good thing, given that he’s a member of the coaching staff.

12 responses to “Roethlisberger disputes Arians’ account of “blunt” Joey Porter message

  1. Arians thinks he’s Vince Lombardi, but he’s not even close.

    And he needs to lose that dopey hat, too.

  2. Ben, I would not blame you if you did still currently despise Joey Porter. The guy’s own mother probably hates him.

  3. Get Ben, Bell, Brown and Bryant on the same field at the same time and they’ll beat New England. Tall order though.

    Last year New England got lucky with Bell hurt and the no-name receiver corps that dropped 120 yards worth of passes and left 14-17 points on the field. This was not due to the “greatness” of the New England defense, it was just outright drops of perfect passes. New England is always getting cheesy breaks like this.

  4. man the afc north has gotten BAD. balt and cinc are now mediocre. pitt is declining but will probably win div again.

    in cleve can get a QB, the div may come full circle, and cleve will become best team in it.

  5. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jul 29, 2017 6:55 PM
    Get Ben, Bell, Brown and Bryant on the same field at the same time and they’ll beat New England. Tall order though.

    Last year New England got lucky with Bell hurt and the no-name receiver corps that dropped 120 yards worth of passes and left 14-17 points on the field. This was not due to the “greatness” of the New England defense, it was just outright drops of perfect passes. New England is always getting cheesy breaks like this.


    Lucky to draft Brady & hire BB. Lucky enough to win 5 super bowls,7 AFC titles, 12 Division titles in 16 years. Lucky to draft a Qb that turns out to be pound for pound the toughest player in the NFL. Luck to draft a CB that won them a SB.

    Not at all like Pittsburg or Dallas or SF or Washington or, NY or Oakland. They never got lucky. They never had a miracle catch win them a SB. They never had a ref give them a do-over after they had lost.
    Nope, only NE is lucky. Those other guys were just good. No luck at all.

  6. Sorry, meant WR not QB, though he is also quite tough. The best DL’s in the league couldn’t take him out of the game no matter how many times they hit him, late, with no flag.

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