So far, so good for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who is not only preparing for opposing defenses, but also looking to repair his battered image.
The fans have been “warm” and “embracive,” according to Roethlisberger, who joined 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh on Monday (via Sports Radio Interviews).
“It’s just been awesome,” Roethlisberger said. “It really feels good when you have a lot of people supporting you and standing behind you and telling you that. … It makes you feel good. It makes you proud to be a Steeler and have them as your fans.”
Roethlisberger also drew positive reviews from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a recent visit to Steelers camp. Goodell said that the enigmatic quarterback has done everything that has been asked of him, and said that a possible reduction in Roethlisberger’s suspension is possible, with a decision expected to come later this month.
Roethlisberger is not sure how much he will play during the preseason, and he said that he knows what he will do with his time off, but did not elaborate. Instead, he said he’s just focusing on being there for his teammates and answering questions whenever possible. And mainly, just get back to playing the game.
“I think everything’s been great,” Roethlisberger said. “I think we’ve had a good time and I think we’ve had a good camp. It’s good to be out here and play football because that’s what it’s all about and trying to win a championship. It’s been really good in helping these young guys get better.”