Steelers GM defends Big Ben's right to publicly criticize teammates

It was a busy day for the black and yellow, as all three Pittsburgh Steelers mega stars were referenced in some way.

Le’Veon Bell is finally an unrestricted free agent after the Steelers announced they won’t use another franchise tag on the running back. Antonio Brown is on the trading block, as the team announced it will make the effort to deal him as long as it gets enough in return.

As for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, general manager Kevin Colbert gave him a glowing review despite recent reports and talk that the veteran voicing his opinions so publicly was becoming a problem.

GM backs Roethlisberger’s leadership

Media members attending the 30-minute session showcased the GM’s unwavering support of the 15-year veteran who has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh. Colbert was “unprompted” in his words about Roethlisberger during media interviews Wednesday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and cited the fact he’s the only Super Bowl winner remaining from the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

Ben Roethlisberger is unquestionably the leader of this team,’’ Colbert said, per the Post-Gazette. “Not [just] by my standards, by the standards the team recognizes.”

Jeremy Fowler at ESPN reported that Colbert said Roethlisberger has “52 kids under him quite honestly. I want them to step up and say, ‘Hey Ben, what do I have to do? Can I do this better? What do we have to do to win a Super Bowl?’ ”

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off to Antonio Brown #84 against the Seattle Seahawks during the game on September 18, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Seahawks 24-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles as he looks to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 30, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 24-10. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 17 : Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown with Ben Roethlisberger #7 during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions on November 17, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08: Antonio Brown #84 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate their third quarter touchdown play against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on December 8, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 15: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 on the sideline during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 30-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 7: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is congratulated by Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after scoring during the fourth quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 42-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 2: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on November 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 43-23. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 03: Ben Roethlisberger #7 speaks with Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Wild Card game at Heinz Field on January 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 26: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with Antonio Brown #84 after a touchdown during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with teammate wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 after a fourth quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 24: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after the pair connected for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 24: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrate a victory after the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts on November 24, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) discusses the play with Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (84) during the NFL Football game between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4, 2016, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01: Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown (84), both inactive for the game, on the field prior to the National Football League game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers on January 1, 2017, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 08: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown with Antonio Brown #84 in the first half during the Wild Card Playoff game against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on January 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with Antonio Brown #84 after a touchdown by DeAngelo Williams #34 (not pictured) during the second quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up with Antonio Brown #84 before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field on September 17, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) before a week 6 NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on October 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Steelers won 19-13. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has a discussion with teammate Antonio Brown #84 during their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.The Steeler defeated the Bengals 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands in the huddle during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jaguars defeat Pittsburgh 45-42. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9, 2018: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 and wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walk onto the field in the third quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns on September 9, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The game ended in a tie 21-21. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with Antonio Brown #84 during warmups before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on September 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 14: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with Antonio Brown #84 against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 08: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with Ben Roethlisberger #7 during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on November 8, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is congratulated by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 24, 2018, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 09: Antonio Brown #84 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 9, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA -DECEMBER 16: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) talk with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 16, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers embrace before the game between between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field on November 18, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Colbert used the Jacksonville game this season as an example of the quarterback’s leadership. The Steelers trailed, 9-0, at halftime and dropped to 16-0 in the third quarter but came back to win, 20-16. The team improved to 7-2-1.

Colbert told reporters the quarterback “grabbed the team right away,” per the Post-Gazette, and took accountability for himself first, then challenged the entire team to do better. He then lived up to his own words.

Roethlisberger ran in the winning score with five seconds left, coming back from a rough first half. He led the league in passing yards with 5,129

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Big Ben under fire for ‘challenging’

Roethlisberger’s weekly radio appearance on 93.7 The Fan became must-listen material for Pittsburgh fans and media like. It’s been a growing source of contention all season as things flew out of control with the city’s three stars.

Brown took to Twitter over the weekend to dish on his relationship with Roethlisberger, and told followers the 36-year-old has an “owner’s mentality” and can call anyone out, including coaches.

It’s far from the first time Roethlisberger’s words have irked teammates. He reportedly “took shots” at Brown in meetings and commonly speaks on his radio show about certain plays and what players should have done.

In November, again on his radio show, Roethlisberger defended his right to be critical of the team as well as himself. The point he made then is similar to the points Colbert mentioned Wednesday.

He’s been there, done that, and maybe the youngsters can start taking notes.

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24 April 2004: Ben Roethlisberger selected 11th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2004 NFL Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Bob Leverone/Sporting News via Getty Images)
OXFORD, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks looks on during a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Yager Stadium on September 7, 2002 in Oxford, Ohio. The Hawkeyes won 29-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
1 Sep 2001: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Miami Ohio Redhawks throwing the ball during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 31-13.Mandatory Credit: Danny Moloshok /Allsport
24 April 2004: Ben Roethlisberger selected 11th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2004 NFL Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Bob Leverone/Sporting News via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 21: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the sideline during the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-3 preseason game win over the Houston Texans on August 21, 2004 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 31: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers records a video while arriving at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on January 31, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 6: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the field before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field on December 6, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Raiders defeated the Steelers 27-24. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warming up before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after Rashard Mendenhall #34 ran for an eight yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to playing the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls a play in the huddle against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 31-25. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a second quarter touchdown while playing the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 and Running Back Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers enjoy the presentation of the Lamar Hunt Tropy after a win against the New York Jets during the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers beat the Jets, 24-19, to advance to the Super Bowl. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 31-25. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: NFL player Ben Roethlisberger (C) accepts the award for Best Game, Steelers vs. Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII on behalf of the Pittsburgh Steelers onstage during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 18: Injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to offensive linemen Maurkice Pouncey #53 and Ramon Foster #73 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on November 18, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 13-10. The Steelers wore throwback uniforms based on the uniform worn by the Steelers in 1934. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball in the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on November 12, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in action during the New York Giants V Pittsburgh Steelers NFL American Football match at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA. 4th November 2012. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger visits 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on February 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh greets injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before their game on Sunday, November 18, 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Doug Kapustin/MCT via Getty Images)
Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the New York Giants V Pittsburgh Steelers NFL American Football match at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA. 4th November 2012. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes the ball against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on November 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action against the New York Jets on November 9, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Steelers 20-13. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: John Kuhn #29 of the New Orleans Saints talks after a preseason game with Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Steelers defeated the Saints 27-14. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 12: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Detroit Lions on August 12, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the New York Jets on October 9, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the bench while playing the New York Jets at Heinz Field on October 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 31-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass while playing the New York Jets at Heinz Field on October 9, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 15: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) before the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on January 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs talk on the field post game in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 15: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) hands off to running back Le'Veon Bell (26) in the third quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on January 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Steelers won 18-16 to advance to the AFC Championship game. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls out a formation against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Steelers 23-17 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on before taking the snap during an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 17, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and coach Mike Tomlin listen to the National Anthem before the start of Super Bowl XLV where the Green Bay Packers face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, February 6, 2011. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
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