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There may be no more motivated player on the Steelers’ roster than Ben Roethlisberger. Using the loss in Super Bowl XLV as motivation, Roethlisberger has had his best training camp to date.
“The first loser, and that kills me. Until I can get back to that point, I want to remember the pain, and it's going to burn in me until we can get back and win one. If it never happens, I'll be killed, but I'm going to do my best to get back there,” Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette in April.
Roethlisberger has not shown the pain from that game, but he has shown his best so far in camp. He looks to be in even better shape than last year, which was the best of his career, and has been extremely sharp in practice.
In the past two seasons, Roethlisberger has thrown 43 touchdowns to only 17 interceptions in 27 regular season games and will only enhance those numbers this year.
Assuming he remains healthy, Roethlisberger will most certainly surpass the 3,200 yards passing and 17 touchdowns he threw in 12 starts last year.
Roethlisberger will also have a deep and more experienced receiver corps to throw to.
Mike Wallace and Hines Ward provide him with a deep threat and a top possession receiver, but he will have two other speed options with Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, who should both be improved entering their second season.
Add in Heath Miller and Rashard Mendenhall, and Roethlisberger has some of the best weapons in the league.
Once the offensive line gels, it could be better than last season under the teachings of offensive line coach Sean Kugler.
In the end, only winning and championships matter to Roethlisberger, but this season he is going to put up some of his best statistics ever.