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Ben Roethlisberger Shares Harsh Assessment of Former Steelers Teammates

Devon Platana
Former NFL QB Ben Roethlisberger has shared his harsh assessment of former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates.
Former NFL QB Ben Roethlisberger has shared his harsh assessment of former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates. / AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Eight months ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers franchsie was changed when long-time quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his NFL retirement. One quality that fans liked about Roethlisberger during his playing time was his honesty, which he's clearly kept going by recent comments regarding his former team.

It's no secret that the Steelers haven't had much success in recent years and Roethlisberger has an idea why that might be: his former teammates' attitudes. 'Big Ben' told Post-Gazette Sports' Ron Cook that the team had a "me-first" type attitude by the end of his career.

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Roethlisberger told Cook that when he first came to the Steelers in 2004 that "it was all about the team," which is no longer the case. He even admits that he "might be standing on a soapbox," but the change in locker room dynamics was his "biggest takeaway from when I started to the end."

It isn't hard to see where Roethlisberger is coming from. We live in a society where athletes are focused on building their own solo brand while trying to be at the forefront of social media conversations. That may not be the case for every player, but it is a noticeable trend.

One example of what Roethlisberger's talking about could be Steelers wideout Chase Claypool's infamous TikTok dance back in December of last season. As his team trailed by eight against the Minnesota Vikings with less than a minute to go, Claypool wasted several precious seconds dancing after making a crucial catch, angering Steelers fans everywhere.

It'll be interesting to see how the Steelers handle their first season without Roethlisberger in nearly two decades. If he's right and a selfish locker room is a reason behind Pittsburgh's recent woes, head coach Mike Tomlin needs to figure out a way to set things straight.

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