Joey Porter: Ben Roethlisberger has power and uses it for himself

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Add Joey Porter to the list of former Steelers who don’t think highly of Ben Roethlisberger.

Porter was a teammate of Roethlisberger’s for three years, played against him (pictured), and then returned to Pittsburgh and was an assistant coach for the last five years. Discussing the feud between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown on NFL Network, Porter said Roethlisberger put himself above the rest of the team.

Fellow NFL Network commentator Terrell Davis cited as an example that his former teammate, John Elway, would lobby the coaches to give the players more non-contact days during training camp. Davis said Elway did that not for himself — as a quarterback, he wasn’t getting hit in camp anyway — but because he could see that his teammates were getting beaten up and needed a break. Davis said Elway had power within the organization and would use it to help his teammates. Porter responded that Roethlisberger doesn’t do that kind of thing.

“It’s clear he has the power, and how he uses it? He uses it for him,” Porter said of Roethlisberger.

Porter indicated that the Steelers would be better off if Roethlisberger were more popular with his teammates.

“You want your locker room to love you,” Porter said.

There’s been no shortage of former Steelers saying this offseason that they did not love Roethlisberger.

96 responses to “Joey Porter: Ben Roethlisberger has power and uses it for himself

  1. When Ben macadummy benched Eli Manning, players coaches media came out and blasted the coaching staff. Antonio brown gets traded and peopel of all sorts come out to blast Roethlisberger. No surprise in the reputations these two have.

  2. It is well documented that Big Ben is not a high character guy. Self comes before team, but, until the Steelers can find a new franchise QB they have to just accept him for who he is. He has been throwing players under the bus for years and management just turns their heads to it, including Head Coach. Regardless of talent level , no one player should EVER be allowed to be bigger than the team. Pittsburgh has allowed that! Coaches should be confident enough in their roles to keep ALL players in check.

  3. Joey Porter had a coaching job with the Steelers for five years….a gift because he added no value to the line backing corps. So no examples of how Ben “used” this power, just a general statement. Typical sour grapes for getting let go and trying to stay relevant.

  4. And they call Aaron Rodgers a diva!! Big Ben tops the list for being in love with himself.

  5. It is tough as someone who loves the team but knows that both the QB is not a great character and that the coach is out of his depth.

  6. Blaming someone for not using power to doing something undefined is a pretty weak argument, especially without an example of how he uses power for himself.

  7. Dysfunction like this is a direct reflection on the head coach. Mike Tomlin lost control of that team years ago. The situation with Big Ben is just one example of that.

  8. Steelers are a flawed team built without any consideration for building with quality people.

  9. I sure hope Joey said this to Ben’s face at some point prior to airing it in public. I don’t disagree or take issue with what he said, I’m just a staunch believer in bringing these matters directly to the individual and not some random tv analyst.

  10. It figures that a guy like Joey Porter would pipe up with some sort of negative comment on the Steelers, now that he isn’t employed by them anymore. Still, it does seem like a number of former Steelers had an axe to grind with Ben in one way or another.

  11. All these ex-players have an axe to grind with the Steelers. Might as well grind it on Ben. He’s the flavor of the month.

  12. So Joey Porter says Roethlisberger puts himself above the team but doesn’t give any examples of it.

    Well at least Roethlisberger showed up for and played all the games for his team.

    Antiono Brown left the team to rot at the end of the year. He walked out on the team at the end of the year when they were fighting for a playoff spot. Now that is putting yourself above the team.

    I think Joey Porter and Terell Davis either have their priorities mixed up or are both to stupid to know what putting yourself above the team means.

  13. It seems like every player who has an issue with Ben is a potential race thing: Bell, Brown, Porter… interesting.

  14. Normally, I wouldn’t put any stock in anything Joey Porter says, but in this case, I don’t doubt what he says.

  15. Big Ben won two super bowls before Antonio Brown or LeVeon Bell ever stepped foot in Pittsburgh. I have no idea about the way things work inside the Steelers complex because I’ve never been there, but Joey Porter would be one of the last guys on earth I’d listen to for honest insight. It’s funny how people have the nerve to use someone like Porter to criticize the character of any other human being. Gotta have a better source than that. Lots of people in Pittsburgh love Big Ben. Inside and outside the locker room. I’m not in the personality business but I love HOF QB’s, but they’re an easy target for the jealous.

  16. All these EX-Steelers say Ben should not blasted his teammates on his radio show. They say Ben should have discussed the problem with the player there was an issue with. The ironic thinf is…all these idiots (and every one of them has an axe to grind witb the Steelers front office) are going right to the media instead of Ben himself.

    Mr Porter, dont make a vanilla statement. Give us an example of what you are saying about Ben.

    I also remember Porter almost costing the Steelers a playoff game. The game Burfict knocked out AB84. Porter could have (should have) been flagged for instigating Bengal players on the field after the call. He should have been flagged 15 yrds and ejected takibf The Steelers our out of range.

  17. Let’s get this out first.. Hate the steelers.. But… If it’s not OK for Ben to call out players on his radio show(to be honest…He told the truth )why are you doing it now? You had 5 years to “put the team 1st”but did not confront the elephant in the room then because you were looking out for who?

  18. For starters, Porter is certainly no role model (“They shot me in Denver”).Then, as a coach he developed ZERO outside linebackers. And, for those of us in Pittsburgh who know the truth, he was an absolute arrogant ass as a parent during his son’s football games at North Catholic and was banned from attending.

    Tell us more Joey … like we actually care what you have to say.

  19. Good job Joey… Just like all your time with the Steelers and in Pittsburgh… You continue to stay classy. Not!!!

  20. Trips Tomlin can mess up on his own. Now, Porter wants Ben to help him mess up even more.

  21. Roethlisberger has one team MVP award. So anyone with common sense realizes he hasn’t been beloved by his whole team over the years. We certainly don’t need someone who wasn’t man enough to speak out when he was part of the organization to tell us now. I guess when the spotlight disappears you have to find some way to get attention.

  22. And?

    If coaches are “over-working” players that is the responsibility of the team to assess (assuming they want to win and want everyone to be at their best to help do so). I am not a fan of Ben, but all this crying from those coming at him seems pathetic.

  23. I teach my kids to fight their own battles.

    Look at all the helicopter parents here begging Big Ben to use his “powers”. Pathetic and embarrassing. Learn to stand up for yourself.

  24. Sour grapes from Porter because he wasn’t rehired. There were reports that he was pitting the defense against the offense in the locker room. Glad the negativity is gone. Also glad Ben’s radio show is gone.

  25. I’m willing to wager that when this season is over, Ben’s on field production will be better than Antonio Brown’s. His receivers come and go, but he continues to do the same. As long as they win, who cares about his attitude?

  26. Porter is mad because the Steelers let him walk. The free ride is over. He did absolutely zero as far as developing talent. Wonder why he doesn’t mention his shortcomings, of which there are many? BR is no saint, but most, if not all, of these complainers are jumping on the bash BR bandwagon because of the fact that their 15 minutes of fame are over, and their ego drives them to try and seem relevant once again.

  27. BWAAAHAAAA!!
    @ what point do we call this “ Piling On”
    Former Steelers, Current Steelers…..who cares?? Its clear the problem there is Ben & Tomlin the Enabler!
    They won’t win ANYTHING until these two are gone.
    When the Steelers were winning Super Bowls, Ben was another player. Now that he is a Leader, the team crumbles.
    WHO DEY!!!!

  28. That’s weird, I could swear that I recall Roethlisberger doing this exact thing – lobbying the coaches for less hitting in practice. Hopefully someone can find the link because I recall him getting criticized for it, too.

  29. Everyone fits in differently. Anyone think Peyton was a social butterfly. Brady. Think Brees acts like Rogers?

    Ben always had an affinity for his linemen. That circle was there when he was the young jerk, guys like Willie Colon as his sidekicks. Still that way I think. I bet he is closer to Pouncey than anyone on the team.

    I doubt the o-line believe like Joey does, that Ben does not use his power and influence on their behalf. I think we all heard publicly his lobbying to pay Munchak anything they could to stay. You think Foster does not get the constant support of Ben.

  30. directdriver says:
    “..I put the blame on the head coach for allowing all this nonsense to happen…”

    Porter no longer works for the Steelers.
    I’d say that Tomlin’s influence over him is now non-existent.

  31. BR seems like a great guy to hate on. How can this dude have any credibility after his actions against young woman. Has to be a real D-Bag!! Wouldn’t want his stench anywhere near the team I root for!

  32. So what if Ben Roethlisberger has power and uses it for himself? What does it matter?

  33. From an online article in October of 2016:

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the team consistently has soft-tissue injuries and needs to reconsider its practices. Said Roethlisberger: “I think if you consistently have injuries and soft tissue injuries and hamstrings …”

    “The season’s super long as it is and very physical, and when you’re doing it over and over and guys’ shoulders start getting sore and and knees start getting sore and hips and hamstrings and quads and things and then they reoccur, you got to take a look at what you’re doing,” Roethlisberger said.

  34. Kind of sad that all of those hits that Mr. Porter delivered and received has affected his memory. The comments above from Mr. Porter in the article above “that Roethlisberger doesn’t do that kind of thing?” Made less than 3 years after Mr. Roethlisberger did exactly that…

  35. steelcurtainn says:
    May 25, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    He’s got power with 2 superbowl rings with more to come.
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    There is literally zero chance that Ben sniffs another SB, let alone wins one.

  36. Don’t compare this meathead to Brady, Manning or Brees. Those guys are class and would never call out their guys on a dumb radio show. They deal with it on the field and move on. Interesting how Steelers fans make excuses for this guy. He was an ass early in his career and has proven to be a jerk still. You guys forget when the Rooneys had to threaten him with a trade to the Raiders? Ben doesn’t do his criticizing face-to-face so don’t complain about others talking on him. Must be the least-respected Super Bowl QB in his own locker room. The only guys who support him are young players and his OL because they like the paycheck. One of my least favorite players in the league.

  37. Who cares what other players think. Look at the WR who have left P-Burgh and never put up the numbers they did with Ben. Nick Saben tells his players the rules don’t apply to all the players. A Senior is not treated like a Freshman. Porter is best known for “hooking” Pacman Jones in a big gamea a coach … I never thought he was a stud on the field… and now I know he’s a diva.

  38. He’s got power with 2 superbowl rings with more to come.
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    What??? He hasn’t won a Super Bowl in ten years! Let’s not forget that year TB12 was out on injury!

  39. I’m from Northwest Ohio. Roethisberger grew up in my back yard. From the first year he entered the leauge the word got around that he was a jerk of major proportions. Fifthteen years later the saga continues.

  40. There were negative rumors about Ben the year he was drafted. I remember watching him bust Eli Manning’s chops while the sat at the same table on draft night. Eli looked like he was trying to ignore it. I wonder if this is why the Giants decided to trade the farm for Eli instead of drafting him?

  41. There is literally zero chance that Ben sniffs another SB, let alone wins one.

    Glad you said that now I know the Steelers will get number 7 because everyone knows you are never right about football.

  42. The brainless Steeler apologists who used to swear by the likes of Porter, Bradshaw, Brown, Bell, etc. now have no use for them when they dare to speak out against their beloved sinking ship of a franchise. Justice Brandeis once said “sunlight is the best of disinfectants”, although maybe in the case of Steeler fans “deodorants” would’ve been a more fitting word.

  43. The list of poor behavior by BR is very very long. Not everybody in the NFL is a nice guy.

  44. It’s comical. The dude was the same way when Cowher coached him along with Porter and a few other divas on the team. But since it’s Tomlin, it’s an issue. Well, the guy won SBs with two different head coaches and has outlasted most of his teammates. Like dozens of other former Steelers, he hasn’t been the cream of society…this includes Mr. Porter as well. I’m all for Pittsburgh failing but I kinda want to see them get into the playoffs because of Roethlisberger just to shut all of these former teammates up.

  45. Ya he uses his power to stay Qb and rape women. He is just going to sling it to Juju next year and throw picks collecting a check. He saved my FF team, James conner was great but next year will show if he can continue as a solid starter now that def cord have film and offseason.

  46. Hilarious that Steelers fans will back Ben no matter what he says/does. Multiple former players have said the same thing about br. Bad leader, selfish, self centered. And you still defend the guy. I guess Jesse James, ab, Joey porter and Emmanuel sanders are all wrong and all hate the Steelers. This is precisely what is wrong with this country. You let bu bias distort your reality. Smh

  47. Joey also called Ray Lewis “overrated”, got arrested for a bar fight while coaching and ran on the field to confront an opposing player during a playoff game. His word is golden.

  48. Hold up. What Porter said might be true but you can’t use that to DEFEND Antonio Brown. C’mon, Man. Antonio Brown was actively selfish throughout his career in Pittsburgh and got progressively worse the more money he made. This dude QUIT ON HIS TEAM because they didn’t say he was the MVP and even Ryan Clark has said Brown “is not a good human.” Maybe Roethlisberger is a bit selfish but compared to AB, Ben is the brown nosing company man

  49. “Mark newcity says:
    May 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm
    Hilarious that Steelers fans will back Ben no matter what he says/does. Multiple former players have said the same thing about br. Bad leader, selfish, self centered. And you still defend the guy. I guess Jesse James, ab, Joey porter and Emmanuel sanders are all wrong and all hate the Steelers. This is precisely what is wrong with this country. You let bu bias distort your reality. Smh”
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    How do you account for former and current players that do not feel the way the players in your example feel? Are they all lying? They don’t get as much press because it doesnt fit the current narrative. But, thanks for the perfect example of bias.

  50. “bigbirdssack says:
    May 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm
    Joey also called Ray Lewis “overrated”, got arrested for a bar fight while coaching and ran on the field to confront an opposing player during a playoff game. His word is golden.”
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    Also, he failed to secure his, apparently vicious, dogs and they killed a miniature horse. Then a few years later they got loose again and killed someone else’s dog. So, yeah, I greatly value his opinion.

  51. charliecharger says:
    May 25, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Big Ben won two super bowls ////

    Did Big Ben win 2 or did the steelers win?

    9 of 21 for 123 passing yards & 2 INT’s, passer rating of 22.6 and
    better 21-30 but for only 256 yards, 1 TD and a pick. The guy has thrown 5 picks in his SB appearances. Ben didn’t win any of those games despite being 2-1 in SB games.

  52. Hilarious that Steelers fans will back Ben no matter what he says/does. Multiple former players have said the same thing about br. Bad leader, selfish, self centered. And you still defend the guy. I guess Jesse James, ab, Joey porter and Emmanuel sanders are all wrong and all hate the Steelers. This is precisely what is wrong with this country. You let bu bias distort your reality. Smh”
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    How do you account for former and current players that do not feel the way the players in your example feel? Are they all lying? They don’t get as much press because it doesnt fit the current narrative. But, thanks for the perfect example of bias.
    _______________________________________________

    Like who for example? Bearing in mind these players have much more to lose by coming out negatively.

  53. The Ravens defense has spent plenty of time around Ben for many years. I can’t recall anyone on that D saying anything but positive things about him. Not just in interviews leading to games, you’d often hear them compare him to other quarterbacks very favorably. Not much locker room time, but some. How many Pro Bowls has Ben gone to? That’s guys that generally don’t care for that positional player speaking highly of him. Has to be some character there.

  54. Funny how all these fired players and coaches now want to voice their one sidedness. Just another I m out of the picture want some press time XPlayer, coach

  55. Ben didn’t win any of those games despite being 2-1 in SB games.

    But he didn’t lose two either so it depends on what agenda you are trying to bend the facts to. Try again skippy your homerism is duly noted.

  56. “Mark newcity says:
    May 25, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Like who for example? Bearing in mind these players have much more to lose by coming out negatively.”

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    Off the top of my head James Harrison, Charlie Batch, Ryan Clark, Isaac Redman, Bruce Arians, the GM, the Owner, the OL guys, JuJu, James Washington etc. Of course, you want to throw out all current players, even though they could keep their mouths shut, and not get involved. As long as BR was telling AB he was the greatest receiver in the world AB was fine. I’m not saying BR is blameless, and hasn’t made his fair share of mistakes, but it’s my belief that most of these guys have an axe to grind and are jumping on the bandwagon. Just like Mendenhall said he was racist, where did that come from. He made it up, only his little stunt backfired, and he had to backpedal.

  57. Vasteelerfan says:
    May 26, 2019 at 10:13 am
    Ben didn’t win any of those games despite being 2-1 in SB games.

    But he didn’t lose two either so it depends on what agenda you are trying to bend the facts to. Try again skippy your homerism is duly noted.

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    I have to disagree. Ben tried to lose the Superbowl to the Seahawks but the refs threw the game to the Steelers in some of the most blatant one sided officiating in Super Bowl history.

    Steelers won 21-9.

    Ben’s stats : 9-21, 123 yds, 2 INT, no TDs. His 22.6 QBR rating is by far the lowest in history of a winning Super Bowl QB.

    The refs called multiple head scratching penalties on Seattle which kept the Steelers in the game.

    It’s a real stretch to say that Roethlisburger’s play shouldn’t have cost the Steelers the game. Bill Cowher’s only super bowl win was a sham.

  58. Vasteelerfan says:
    May 25, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    There is literally zero chance that Ben sniffs another SB, let alone wins one.

    Glad you said that now I know the Steelers will get number 7 because everyone knows you are never right about football.
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    The only people who think the Steelers get to 7 before NE are you and that drool guy.

  59. I live close to where he played High School ball. Had the same bad attitude then.

  60. at the end of the day we NFL fans know this : the starting qb for any team is usually a leader of the team and usually is voted team captain by his peers for a reason : when the sh*t hits the fan, and it will from time to time there has to be that somebody who can calm the fray, ben #7 is that guy for pittsburgh and most of his teammates have his back, so when he goes out and says or doesn’t say anything at all he has the support of his owner, gm, hc and long tenured players. he is an elected voted on team leader. if i wasn’t specific enough for you i don’t know what else to say 😊💯

  61. nyneal says:
    May 25, 2019 at 7:39 am

    And they call Aaron Rodgers a diva!!////////

    Because Rodgers is one, he got his head coach fired. And there can be more than one diva you know neal.

  62. Say what you will about the bad attitude of Brown and Bell, it means something when someone as respected as Joey Porter is critical of Rapelisburger. Steelers should take a good hard look at what they are saying because if the guys leaving are complaining about him, there is a very good chance a lot more players still on the team feel the same way. I wonder if a lineman would be willing to give up a blind side hit on him. For his own sake, I hope he’s still good with them.

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