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Why Wasn’t Ben Roethlisberger Honored By Teammates?


 

Remember when Hines Ward and Casey Hampton were  named the team’s co-MVPs in 2005? Or when Ward and Joey Porter shared the award back in 2002?

The play of Ward, Hampton and Porter during those seasons was nothing short of incredible, so the splitting of the team’s MVP award in 2002 and 2005 was definitely warranted. This season, I and many believed that a strong chance existed for another MVP-split between Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger.

That of course did not happen, and it was Brown, not Roethlisberger, who earned the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 MVP award for his stellar play.

Make no mistake, Brown has enjoyed what could be considered the most productive regular season ever by a wide receiver in a Pittsburgh uniform (101 catches, 1,412 yards, eight touchdowns, 388 punt return yards and one touchdown).

Nevertheless, I shared the sentiment of Mike Prisuta of Steelers.com after I read the news that Brown was the sole recipient of the team’s MVP award:

 

 

Not to take anything away from Brown, but doesn’t somebody have to actually thread the needle to the talented wide receiver? Doesn’t somebody have to stand behind one of the most makeshift offensive lines in the league? Moreover, doesn’t somebody have to design a game-plan to get the ball into the hands of the team’s most explosive play-maker?

Roethlisberger has already set franchise and career-highs in completions (356) and attempts (553), and he could be primed to tie or break his own franchise marks in touchdown passes (27 and 32) and passing yards (4,082 and 4,328). Although this season will not end with a postseason berth, November’s AFC Offensive Player of the Month has been the biggest reason why the Steelers have been competitive at all this fall.

If there was any year in which co-MVP’s could be named, this would have been the one. It is a disservice to both players to name just one MVP, especially since both players rely so heavily on each other for their respective success. If you took Brown away from Roethlisberger or vice-versa, neither player would have been the productive forces they were this fall.

Regardless of what the final vote count was, Roethlisberger still deserves to be recognized for his solid play. He might not be the team’s official 2013 MVP, but his play this season made him a more than deserving recipient of the award.

 

 

 

 

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  • Redd Mahoney

    Let Antonio Brown have his moment. We’ve already seen what Ben can do behind a “makeshift offensive line” and no semblance of a running game, and that’s still be productive and win. All we heard this off season from the media were questions about the Steelers decision not to resign that “one trick pony ” Wallace and who was gonna step up and make those explosive plays at wide receiver for the offense and if there was a true #1 receiver still on the roster. I think Mr. Brown has answered all of those questions…and then some. Antonio Brown has made all of us in Steeler nation say “Wallace who?”, and so now the media is questioning this honor? SMH

    • Dom DiTolla

      Where did I question Brown not deserving the award? Had you read my post you would’ve seen I specifically said that this vote should have been split. Both deserved the MVP honor like Ward & Porter did in 2002 and Ward & Hampton did in 2005.

      • Redd Mahoney

        Despite this being the stat happy N.F.L now, wins and losses are always the bottom line for the QB position. Fair or not, they get most of the credit when the team wins and most of the blame when the team loses. The Steelers didn’t have a winning season, so Ben shouldn’t be a co-MVP, that’s all I’m saying.

        • Dom DiTolla

          Then why should anyone on the team be named MVP if they had a losing season? By that logic it makes zero sense. Nice try.

          • Redd Mahoney

            In that case,who turned the ball over 4 times against the Bears and had a QBR of 21.3 against the Titans? Who has been the subject of trade rumors because of so-called discourse with the OC? I mean, Ben has had a part in this lost season too. We could go back and forth on mistakes/fopaux. Besides the fact that Brown overcame those early season misdeeds and still was not only able to have a record season but also be voted team MVP, should speak a lot.

          • Dom DiTolla

            Yeah, it illustrates how little respect one of the league’s best quarterbacks gets from his own teammates. Then again, with idiots like Ryan Clark and the rest of the “Young Money” in the locker room, I guess that doesn’t come as much of a shock.

            I’d be pissed if I was Ben when it comes to his situation with Haley. Sitting guys like Wheaton & Moye for ineffective tight ends, denying the use of the no-huddle and now trumpeting it like it was his choice, etc.. The front office “retiring” Bruce Arians, his friend and mentor in such ridiculous fashion? Utter garbage.

            Moreover, Roethlisberger also overcame his early season play, and so did plenty of his teammates. So the idea that it was solely Brown who stepped up his play doesn’t make sense.

            Also, who is leading this team in touchdown receptions again and is the team’s most potent red zone threat? You still didn’t answer that question. Moreover, would Brown have posted near the type of productivity he enjoyed this fall if Bruce Gradkowski or Landry Jones was taking the snaps?

            Finally, what is a ‘fopaux?’

          • Redd Mahoney

            Oh c’mon man now it is you that isn’t making any sense. Take Brown off the roster and who is Ben gonna look to throw to and trust to make a play….Moye, Wheaton, Sanders?….really? Brown helped Ben make plays and vice versa. It takes 2 to make the thing go right, geez.

            But since they didn’t make the playoffs, really who cares?
            Now that I think about it, how about Kelvin Beachum for .M.V.P? LOL

            Clark & the “Young Money Crew” only consist of 3 people, or did you hear that 50 other players voted also?

            As for fopaux….check out an urban dictionary.

          • Dominic Di Tolla

            I actually listed Beachum in my Top 5 MVP candidates. Nice job reading those articles where I give credit to his versatility and its importance this season. Also, if both players need each other so much, then why weren’t they named co-MVPs? You know, the thing I suggested in my post. I guess that reading isn’t your strong suit. Also, those jagoffs are the locker room leaders right now. Can’t wait to see Sanders & Clark out of town this season.

          • Dom DiTolla

            I actually listed Beachum in my Top 5 MVP candidates. Nice job reading
            those articles where I give credit to his versatility and its importance
            this season.

            Also, if both players need each other so much, then why
            weren’t they named co-MVPs? You know, the thing I suggested in my post. Wheaton and Moye weren’t effective this fall because they were either hurt or unable to play due to Haley’s love affair with tight ends. Big Ben would be fine and was fine without Brown. Had Brown had another QB throwing him passes I highly doubt he would have caught 110 balls.

            Also, those jagoffs are the locker room leaders right now. Can’t wait to see Sanders & Clark out of town this season. Ben is the Rodney Dangerfield of this team, he gets no respect.