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Ben Roethlisberger Article

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by Willis_OJ, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Willis_OJ

    Willis_OJ New Member

    First article. Please feedback is appreciated.

    The career of Steelers QB Ben Roethisberger has been a roller coaster ride that 'Title Town' has been able to enjoy for one reason - the guy wins.

    Let's take a trip back to the Steelers 2004 season. The pre-season showed much hope for Pittsburgh as they were returning a veteran backfield led by probable hall-of-famer jerome Bettis as well as a seasoned offensive line featuring another probable hall-of-famer in guard Alana Faneca. To compliment their offense, the defensive side of the ball was loaded with potential pro-bowlers such as safety Troy Polamalu, linebackers Joey Porter and James Farrior, and defensive end Aaron Smith.

    The 2004 regular season started off as expected with a 2-1 start and what looked to be a promising season ahead. That is until week 3 when quarterback Tommy Maddox went down with a torn ligament in his elbow; an injury that would have sidelined him for 6 weeks. The back-up was a 1st round draft pick out of Miami named Ben Roethlisberger, thrust into the spotlight due to a situation he had no control over. The rookie stepped in and won 14 straight games, leading the Steelers to one of their many AFC championship appearances. Needless to say, Roethlisberger was the starter for the Steelers from then on. Not bad for his first season, right?

    Fast forward 1 year and Roethlisberger finds himself in the same position he was in exactly 1 year before; the AFC championship. Although he suffered a few losses throughout the course of the regular season, he did not let the game slip away from him a second time. He led his Steelers into Denver to face the battle-tested Broncos led by a stable of runningbacks and a veteran quarterback. Roethlisberger went into the game confident and showed it with his play, throwing for 21 completions on 29 attempts, racking up 275 yards and 2 scores through the air, as well as a short rushing touchdown near the goal line. Roethlisberger was headed for the Superbowl in his second NFL season.

    The Superbowl was another one-sided battle as Roethlisberger led the Steelers onto Ford Field and took down a Seahawks team led by running back Shaun Alexander. Roethlisberger's presence wasn't as prominent in the superbowl as the game before, but he did manage to re-write the record book as he became the youngest quarterback to ever win the superbowl. Big Ben was riding as high as he could have possibly imagined.

    Fast forward 3 season to 2008, Roethlisberger's 5th season and he was back where he was 3 seasons prior; the Superbowl. The game of champions was a good one for Roethlisberger as he stayed undefeated in the big game winning a nail-biter against the surprise NFC team Arizona Cardinals. Roethlisberger played a very solid game throughout, but it wasn't until the 4th quarter that he shined throwing the game winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the back-right corner of the end-zone. Big Ben Roethlisberger was 26 years old with a very high playoff winning percentage and 2 Superbowls. He had achieved the same fame it took John Elway a career to achieve in a mere 5 years.

    July 17, 2009 the entirety of Steeler nation held their breath and denied what seemed to be the ugly truth. Roethlisberger was accused of sexually Assaulting Andrea Mcnulty in a hotel room during a celebrity golf tournament. The accusations quickly went away when someone testified on behalf of Roethlisberger, saying the Mcnulty bragged about having consensual sex with the quarterback. The controversy surrounding the situation was still present, but Roethlisberger was allowed to play the 2009 season as the Steelers finished a mediocre 9-7.

    Roethlisberger found himself in another controversy during the month of March 2010 when he was accused of sexual assault once again, this time dealing with a woman in Georgia. Police underwent investigation and could not find enough evidence to convict Roethliberger of any such crime. Although Roethlisberger was not charged with anything, commissioner Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for the first 6 games of the season. The suspension was dropped to 4 games later, but it still gave the Steelers a suspect at best shot at another successful season.

    Fast forward to the present. Roethlisberger took over a Steelers team, which didn't suffer much at the helms of back-up quarterback Charlie batch, in week 6. From there he led the Steelers to a 12-4 regular season and now the chance at his third, and Pittsburgh's seventh, world title.

    Roethlisberger is 74-30, has thrown for 22,000+ yards and 144 touchdowns, and has a quarterback rating of 92.5 to go along with his two rings. Those are respectable stats for any NFL quarterback, which makes his youth all the more impressive. He is 28 years old, on the road to becoming the youngest quarterback ever to win 3 Superbowls. Along with being on pace to win the most Superbowl rings ever as a quarterback, he is on pace to shatter the passing records in Pittsburgh, most of them set by some joe named Terry Bradshaw.

    If Roethlisberger defeats Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay packers on February 6, he will no longer be mentioned with the Elways, Staubachs, or Starrs of the world. He will be mentioned with the Bradys, Aikmans, Bradshaws, and Montanas - And he is only 28.
     
  2. Boozeman

    Boozeman Member

    To be honest, there's really not much to this article. It basically reads like a start-to-finish bio of Roethlisberger's career with the Steelers. You aren't giving the reader anything they can't already find on Wikipedia and if it's a column, I'd like to see more of your opinion inserted into it.

    Also, spell out numbers below 10 (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine). Small style thing, but it bugged me while reading.
     
  3. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    What's this for?
     
  4. Willis_OJ

    Willis_OJ New Member

    just to do it.
     
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