Following the Pittsburgh Steelers unprecedented sixth Super Bowl victory, instead of going to Disney World with game MVP Santonio Holmes, QB Ben Roethlisberger hopped a jet to New York for a visit with David Letterman. Once again, Ben proved to be likeable, well-spoken, and a snazzy dresser. And unlike his appearance after the 2005 Super Bowl, this time thankfully no ditzy chick was called upon to shave off his Playoff Beard.
I have no idea why Big Ben isn’t treated as one of the biggest stars in the NFL. Sure he doesn’t have the gaudy numbers but in only his fifth year, he already has more playoff victories and Super Bowl titles than omnipresent pitchman Peyton Manning.
Last week, I appeared on a Boston area talk show to discuss the Super Bowl. After I left, the hosts took the opportunity to discuss how boring Ben was as a “personality.” I guess if acting like a smug prick qualifies as “personality, then Tom Brady has a ton of it. I can’t believe overrated pretty boys such as Tony Romo continue to get so much publicity while humble, down-to-earth guys like Ben are ignored.
And the NFL wonders why there are so many pompous idiots and raging egomaniacs in their league. Oh well, those guys can have their GQ spreads and impregnate their supermodels before promptly kicking them to the curb. I’ll take players like Ben. Players who go about their business in a blue collar fashion, put the team first, and all they do is win.
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