Ben Roethlisberger thinks Super Bowl XLIII-winning touchdown pass should be a bigger deal

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For the first time since 2004, the Steelers will go to training camp without Ben Roethlisberger. For the first time since 2004, Roethlisberger will not focus on preparing for the football season.

But he is still present, in Pittsburgh. And he may have a lot to say about the team he spent a generation with.

Earlier, we posted his comments to Ron Cook from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette regarding the perception that former Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert didn’t want Roethlisberger back for 2021, coach Mike Tomlin was lukewarm and owner Art Rooney II did. Although Roethlisberger was a shell of himself as a player, it worked. Fans were shut down, given that 2020 went by without fans at Heinz Field. And the Monday night that marked his final game in Pittsburgh provided a moment for the ages.

The truth, however, may be a click away from how Roethlisberger described it. Some believe the Steelers offered him a cut deal in 2021, thinking he wouldn’t take it. Some members of the organization, we heard, were surprised when he did.

It’s no surprise that when asked to identify the favorite play of a career that would eventually land in Canton, Roethlisberger went for the game-winning Super Bowl XLIII touchdown pass. Although the catch helped catcher Santonio Holmes earn MVP, Roethlisberger’s throw was a beauty.

“That’s what I dreamed of when I was a kid, winning the game,” Roethlisberger told Cook. “It wasn’t like it was for a very open guy. I still don’t think the pass gets enough credit. The catch was spectacular, make no mistake. I don’t think the whole combination gets enough credit.

Some also believe that Roethlisberger’s failure to win the MVP award for that pitch in Super Bowl XLIII echoed in Super Bowl XLV, prompting former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to come up with a game plan designed to help Roethlisberger. , in his third Super Bowl, winning the award. According to the theory, the desire to promote Roethlisberger undermined the larger effort to win the game. After the following season, the Steelers pushed the Arians into “retirement”, and some believe this happened because he and Roethlisberger had grown too close.

However, he is right. The Super Bowl XLIII pass should be more publicized. The fact that Holmes caught nine passes for 131 of Roethlisberger’s 256 total yards generated likely made the difference in whether the wide receiver won the award over the pass thrower.

And who knows? Perhaps Roethlisberger’s failure to win the Super Bowl XLIII MVP award skewed the planning for Super Bowl XLV’s offensive play, which resulted in 40 assists and 23 points. In Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers had 26 points and 33 shots – and won the game. In Super Bowl XL, the Steelers ran it 33 times and threw 22 passes. They also won the match.

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