Ben Roethlisberger: You Are Not the Captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Charles HoweCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2010

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 02:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off of the field following the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on September 2, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger will not be an offensive captain for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. The team voted Hines Ward and Heath Miller as the offensive captains. It’s probably pretty hard to be voted a captain when you aren’t with the team for the first four games because of disciplinary problems.

This should send a message to Roethlisberger. Being the quarterback doesn’t automatically make you the leader of the team. To be a leader you need trust, and Roethlisberger has certainly lost some trust in the Pittsburgh locker room.

The four-game suspension was a message from Roger Goodell. But not being voted a team captain is a message from the team. When the team sends a player a message, that player better be listening.

It’s obvious that the Steelers’ players want a leader that leads by example. It’s obvious that the Steelers’ players disapprove of Ben Roethlisberger’s off-field antics.

Ben Roethlisberger better recognize this and put the team first. A good leader makes sacrifices for the team. Up to this point, Roethlisberger has done whatever he wants to do without any thought about the consequences of his actions.

His actions in Georgia have affected not only himself, but every man in the Steelers’ locker room. Pittsburgh should be a contender not only to win the AFC North this season, but to make a run at the Super Bowl. Because of Ben’s suspension, Pittsburgh is an afterthought in the division and barely even on the radar for the Super Bowl picture.


The Pittsburgh Steelers have had enough of Ben Roethlisberger’s selfish attitude. Disapproval from his peers should mean more to him than the disapproval of the NFL front office. He should be remorseful about the way he has negatively affected his entire team.

No one has questioned what Ben brings to the field. It isn’t always pretty, but Roethlisberger brings his best effort on every down. He would rather win ugly than lose pretty. His on-field actions are admirable.

However, he needs to get his act together off-field. Sometimes your actions away from the team can have as much of an impact as your actions with the team.

A team is greater than the sum of its parts. Roethlisberger needs to remember that. He needs to remember what being a teammate is all about.

This is not the Ben Roethlisberger show; this is Pittsburgh Steelers football.