By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

As a excessive schooler in Findlay, Ohio, Ben Roethlisberger, or sizeable Ben, used to be now not a soccer phenom. actually, he did not develop into a quarterback until eventually his senior yr. At Miami collage in Ohio, he wore quantity 7 in honor of his favourite quarterback, John Elway - the quantity he nonetheless wears because the beginning quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. in just his 3rd 12 months within the significant leagues, Roethlisberger grew to become the youngest quarterback in heritage to win the great Bowl while he led his crew to the win over the Seattle Seahawks. This emerging celebrity provides again in the course of the Ben Roethlisberger starting place, which helps police and fireplace departments national.

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Then, Manning hit Amani Toomer for back-to-back 17-yard passes and found Ike Hilliard for a 15-yard pass to the Pittsburgh 1-yard line. The 51-yard drive set up a go-ahead touchdown run for the Giants’ Tiki Barber, pulling New York ahead 30-26. Manning tried for a two-point conversion but was sacked. The game was far from over, though. On the Steelers’ next possession, Roethlisberger drove the offense from Pittsburgh’s 33 to the Giants’ 8-yard line, setting up a touchdown run by Bettis. The 67-yard drive included nine-yard and 11-yard passes to Ward and a 36-yarder to Randle El.

Although flattered, Big Ben downplayed the comments. “It’s a little too early to be putting those statements on it,” he said in Roethlisberger: Pittsburgh’s Own Big Ben. However, someone other than the coaches and the players was spotting similarities—Dan Marino was, too. “A lot of the things he does kind of remind me of some of the things I was able to do when I played,” Marino said in an Associated Press article. ” When Marino took over for the benched David Woodley during his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins in 1983, he looked and felt just as comfortable as Roethlisberger did.

Two huge turnovers looked to have cost the Steelers the game. In the third quarter, a Roethlisberger pass was intercepted by Reggie Tongue and returned for an 86-yard touchdown that put the Jets ahead 17-10. Then, early in the fourth, Bettis fumbled at the Jets’ 24-yard line, his first fumble in 353 carries or receptions all season. At this point, though, luck seemed to switch sides. Roethlisberger led a pivotal scoring drive, ending with a four-yard flip to Hines Ward. The score was tied at 17.

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