Roethlisberger, Bradshaw Are Steeler Legends; The Similarities End There

David KlinglerCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw have both won multiple Super Bowls. Bradshaw is a Hall of Famer, Roethlisberger's career is headed in that direction.

They have both established themselves among the all-time Steeler greats.

That's where the similarities come to a screeching halt.

I grew up following Bradshaw's career in the 70's. Bradshaw was a good ol' boy. He spent his offseasons on his ranch, tending to his cattle.

I never worried about Terry getting himself into trouble. I wondered when he might show up in another one of those Burt Reynolds' movies, or if he would be appearing on the next episode of Hee Haw.

Bradshaw was thought of as sort of a country bumpkin. His intelligence was often questioned, but never his character.

Roethlisberger? That's a different story.

"Big Ben" has often been reckless. Sometimes he appears to lack common sense. He has been accused of sexual assault twice in less than a year.

His careless actions are a black eye on a proud organization. The Rooneys are extremely upset and disappointed in Roethlisberger's behavior.

Another incident of this magnitude could be Roethlisberger's last as a Steeler.

Early in his career, fans tried to run Bradshaw out of town. Now it appears Roethlisberger is running himself out of town.

Lately, it's becoming increasingly difficult for me to put on my Roethlisberger jersey and go out into public.

Maybe it's time to dust off ol' number "12."