The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback clearly has the utmost respect for his peer. Before the season started, he called the New England Patriots signal-caller "the greatest in the world" (per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN).
When the two teams clashed in Week 7, a knee injury forced Big Ben to watch from the sidelines. Perhaps that rid him of enough competitive adrenaline to warmly greet Brady and request some memorabilia.
"I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point," Roethlisberger said, as captured by Showtime's Inside The NFL. He added, "There's not many that I want in my office. You're the best, dude."
Brady quickly agreed before leading New England to a 27-16 win over Pittsburgh.
The quarterbacks from two of the AFC's premier contenders may not treat each other so warmly if they meet again in the playoffs.