Ben Roethlisberger on Eli Manning’s benching: That could be me

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turns 36 in March. He mused about retirement in the offseason, and while bemoaning a five-interception game against the Jaguars earlier this season, Roethlisberger questioned whether he “had it anymore.”

Thus, the 14-year veteran empathized with Eli Manning after the Giants benched their 14-year quarterback.

“It sparks the reality that that could be me,” Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday. “They could do that to me next year or whenever, who knows?

“It’s eye-opening that you have to take every play, every game. Don’t take it for granted. Take it for what it is because you never know when you’re done.”

Roethlisberger, though, said he doesn’t believe the Steelers would treat him the way the Giants did Manning.

“I don’t, and I don’t mean to talk negatively about the Giants, especially I know the Steelers and Giants are very close and are family too,” Roethlisberger said. “But I don’t think they would; I think they would handle it differently.”

The Steelers are rolling since the 30-9 thrashing by the Jaguars. Roethlisberger has thrown 14 touchdowns and five interceptions during the six-game winning streak. It has Pittsburgh among the Super Bowl favorites.

While Roethlisberger hasn’t announced his plans beyond this season, he told Bouchette he will never play for another team.

“No. If they said, ‘Ben, you’re done here,’ I don’t want to play for anyone else, even if I felt like I still had it in me, that black and gold bleeds through me,” Roethlisberger said. “Joe Montana did it for me. It killed me when he went to the Chiefs. I couldn’t watch. It wasn’t the same.”

34 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger on Eli Manning’s benching: That could be me

  1. I’ll bite. If the Steelers were 2-9 and they didn’t have Antonio Brown to bail Ben and the team out, what should they do?

  2. “Roethlisberger, though, said he doesn’t believe the Steelers would treat him the way the Giants did Manning.”

    Which brings us to the oft-used quote: It’s a business.

    The niners dumped Montana, the Vikings dumped Moss, everybody dumped T.O., the list goes on…

  3. sportoficionado says:
    November 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    Is that why he threatens to retire each year now? A little reverse psychology perhaps.


    After the Pats pummel the Steelers in a couple of weeks, Ben will be talking about retiring once again….before the end of the season

  4. Eli wasnt benched. He chose not to start anymore because he was told that the other QB’s would be playing at some point in the remaining games so the Giants could assess what they had (primarily in Davis Webb). He was given the choice to keep starting games….he declined. When your team is a 2-9 disaster and your franchise QB is almost 37 and surely declining, thats what you do.

  5. What is so sacred about this position in football?? Guys get benched/replaced moved on from any game at any time without this outcry. What do these guys think….they are the governor of their franchise and only during camp can the election be held?

  6. In the their rookie years I was in NY and I went over to the old Meadowlands Stadium to see the Steelers play the Giants. Ben had already been the starter since Week 3 when Tommy Maddox got hurt in the week previous. I think Eli had only recently started for “the Gints.” Ben led the Steelers in kind of a shootout where Plaxico Burress was a Steelers star, soon to go the Giants. In our suite a younger guy from the NFL office stopped by to see someone and we were all introduced to Roger Goodell.

    I think Montana was more like Romo, pushed out because his backup Steve Young had really come on.

    But some of these are holdout deals too. Like Franco Harris who ignominiously retired as a Seahawk after not agreeing to a new contract in Pittsburgh.

    Ben, Eli and Rivers are in great pic in the green room of that draft …all taken in the top 11…..and now all in the top 10 in all the major categories like yards, pass tds, completions, etc. Pretty good class.

  7. I am consistently amazed at how Big Ben can always figure out a way to spin every story to make it about HIM.

  8. And so it shall be… for every NFL quarterback, at some point in time… WITH THE EXCEPTION OF… Tom Brady, naturally.

  9. wallabear says:
    November 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm
    And so it shall be… for every NFL quarterback, at some point in time… WITH THE EXCEPTION OF… Tom Brady, naturally.
    Belichick would let him go if he thought it would help the team.

  10. Being a Cleveland Browns fan I could have only dreamed of what he might have done here. I want to hate him but I have way too much respect for him. When he walks away from the Steelers they need to just put his number on ice and retire it.

  11. If the Steelers had a viable backup, it might be an issue. He made his bones on extending plays, running around and making something happen. Now he’s just unwilling to do that. Ordinary, whether he’s afraid, sick of getting hurt or lost his passion for FB. It’s over for him.

  12. 2 time superbowl mvp and they couldnt let him save face by saying he had an injury of some sort. The giants are at an all time low

  13. Yeahhhhhh Ben was asked questions about Manning and he answered them, just like Phillip Rivers did. Don’t read so much into it. Steelers has a lot more talent outside QB then the Giants too, which also matters. Ben won’t get benched like Manning until the Steelers are 2-9 instead of of 9-2.

    I think I’d take Landry Jones over Geno Smith though, but it’s close.

    Go Steelers!

  14. I sometimes wonder if the Giants are a ‘football’ organization. Eli is playing dreadfully, no doubt. But one would figure the coach would have a ‘talk’ with Eli about his benching. I’m sure that conversation took place.
    What I think never took place, was the Giants organization coming out as a unit to extol Eli’s contribution to the team. That is, making sure everybody is on same page. It is like they made a line item entry in their accounting books…

  15. truthdispensary says:
    November 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Eli getting benched is the best thing for Eli & the Giants. Frankly, I don’t understand all the 2nd guessing…

    Eli is getting rolled for the sins of his front office. This isn’t an aging star with a hot shot youngster nipping at his heels, this is a player that played his heart out and took an absolute pounding for an organization that asked him to make chicken salad out of chicken droppings and the guy they are running in is a former bust that’s little more than a retread.

  16. No, Ben, it couldn’t. You’ve been the most accomplished, greatest non-cheating QB ever since you entered the nfl. You will be done playing only when you say you’re done. You’ve earned that right.

  17. Not to worry Ben. The Steelers will never do to you what the Giants have done to Eli. They are far too good a football operation to surround you with a lousy team for years never mind throw you under the bus for it.

  18. As an easy HOF QB, Ben can really do no wrong at this point. Because the Steelers do not have anyone to replace him yet.


    But the Giants don’t have anyone to replace Eli with yet either.

  19. Big Ben has the right perspective. It’s kind of cool to watch these NFL players come into the league as young kids, and then grow up under the spotlight. Every move they make, and everything they say is scrutinized. Roethlisberger is truly one of the most underrated great QBs of our generation. I’m not even a Steelers’ fan, but I appreciate greatness. I’ll bet Kurt Warner has a lot of respect for him too, because he ripped a super bowl trophy right out of his hands. The Steelers are a first class organization. They come the closest to treating their players like family, since Eddie DeBartolo owned the 49ers. Big Ben will probably walk away before the Steelers want him to.

  20. Manning’s benching is just a shock to the system and a reminder that the Class of 2004 QBs are close to the end. Even though I’m biased for Phil, I will miss watch Phil, Eli and Ben suit up for their teams.

  21. “I don’t, and I don’t mean to talk negatively about the Giants, especially I know the Steelers and Giants are very close and are family too,”

    There’s a lot inferred in that quote. The Steelers and Giants have long been linked as part of the NFL’s favored group of teams/ownership. The fact that they are 2-10 against Brady and the Patriots and have made a lot of public commentary about it may explain how the NFL could have possibly scheduled the Patriots to play 5 out of 6 games on the road, including an international trip, leading into their game in Pittsburgh. I might add that the Steelers get to play at home the week before, but the Patriots not only play on the road, they play a Monday Night game on the road, so they have a short week to prepare before heading back out on the road to Pittsburgh. I assume the hope is that all the travel wears them out, and we know travelling exposes teams to illness. It’s not an accident. NOBODY plays 5 of 6 on the road. Everything was lined up for Pittsburgh as a favor to the Rooneys. All they need now is to have a little talk with the officiating crew…

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