Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger's Journey This Year is One of Redemption
The Pittsburgh Steelers appearance in Super Bowl XLV this coming Sunday will be Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's third trip to the big game, and he's already won his first two.
But there's clearly something different about this year. After spending the offseason tangled in legal problems over an incident in a Georgia bar where he allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman from an area college, he was suspended for the first four games in 2010 by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Today, SI's Peter King writes that during the investigation, none of Roethlisberger's teammates that he spoke with came to the star quarterback's defense, suggesting a bigger rift within the organization than many had previously realized. There was talk in the offseason of Pittsburgh, a town that takes pride in its blue collar values, letting Roethlisberger go.
But they kept him, and Big Ben has made the most of his second chance. Recent reports have abounded on how he seems genuinely different, and appears to be taking his stardom less for granted. Obviously it will be a continual process to maintain this newfound goodwill, but that's why this Super Bowl is perhaps more important that either of the previous two for Ben.
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