It's less then 24 hours until the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIII and it's time for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to get his thinking helmet on straight. This is the Super Bowl and he has the Steelers' legacy to represent.
If he thinks he will win a second championship playing the way he did in Super Bowl XL, then the Cardinals will be waiting for their Super Bowl rings in the mail.
Lucky for Ben to have the benefit of the best defense in pro football to back him up. It must be a great feeling to know that no matter how bad you play, someone's got your back and your still going to have a fighting chance.
At least, that's what happened in Super Bowl XL.
Roethlisberger was a horrendous nine of 21 for 123 yard, zero touchdown passes, and two interceptions! Before Super Bowl hype began this year, many had forgotten how bad Roethlisberger was in his first Super Bowl.
Because victory erases all failures in Steelers-country. The Steelers beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL by the score of 21-10. Their defense was so good that they destroyed a good Seahawks team and did so with no positive production from the quarterback position.
That's how good this defense is, it can play exceptionally well and win games despite poor support from their teams leader.
What will happen if "Big Ben" takes it easy?
The same thing that happened when he faced the Indianapolis Colts in week 10. In that game, Roethlisberger threw zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Even so, the Steelers only lost 24-20.
Don't get me wrong, Roethlisberger has played well more often then not and has had a decent season. Surprisingly though, he was far better last year even though the surrounding team wasn't as good.
My point is that Ben Roethlisberger is a good quarterback but if he somehow falls asleep during the Super Bowl and expects the defense to pick up the slack, it's going to be a long night in Tampa.
Just something to think about Big Ben.