Terry Bradshaw Calls Roethlisberger a Great Leader After Antonio Brown Criticism

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Commenter Terry Bradshaw looks on prior to the NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles, defended current Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after criticism from former teammates Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown about his leadership style.

"I don't understand it," Bradshaw told TMZ Sports. "… He's a great leader. He is. He's solid."

The 70-year-old Louisiana native, who currently works as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports, said he understands the situation, jokingly saying Franco Harris and Lynn Swann weren't fans of his leadership during their time together in Pittsburgh.

Bradshaw noted while he's not concerned about Big Ben's ability to lead, the numerous departures, led by Brown's trade to the Oakland Raiders and Bell's exit via free agency to sign with the New York Jets, leaves him concerned about the Steelers' short-term outlook.

"I'm worried about our team," he told TMZ.

In February, Brown posted a message on Twitter explaining his issue with Roethlisberger:

Antonio Brown @AB84

No conflict just a matter of respect! Mutual respect! He has a owner mentality like he can call out anybody including coaches. Players know but they can’t say anything about it otherwise they meal ticket gone. It’s a dirty game within a game. #truth https://t.co/MsSyBVd3Ny

Bell added to the conversation last week by telling Sports Illustrated's Jenny Vrentas the quarterback's presence was a factor in his decision to leave Pittsburgh.

"The organization wants to win. Tomlin wants to win. Ben wants to win—but Ben wants to win his way, and that's tough to play with," Bell said. "Ben won a Super Bowl, but he won when he was younger. Now he's at this stage where he tries to control everything, and [the team] let him get there."

Meanwhile, Roethlisberger will move forward with James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster as his new sidekicks in Pittsburgh's retooled Big Three and hope to prove the offense can remain as dangerous as ever with two of the league's top playmakers having moved on.