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12-02-2006, 11:21 PM
Roethlisberger a tough competitor
Thursday, November 30, 2006
By Teresa Varley

Head coach Bill Cowher was asked about Ben Roethlisberger's
resilience this season during a conference call with the Tampa media
and had words of praise for his quarterback.

"He's a tough kid, there's no question about that," said Cowher. "I
think that's the one thing that has been very evident through it all.
This is a guy who is a tremendous competitor, he's a team guy, and
he's got unbelievable toughness. He's never been one to complain
about not throwing it too much or throwing it too much and that's the
thing that you go through your career."

The Steelers have been forced into going to the passing game more
this year because the team has had to play from behind, and while
it's something new to Roethlisberger, he has adjusted.

"We've done a pretty good job at being able to dictate things on
offense and I think this year for the first time as him as our
quarterback that we have been behind," said Cowher. "We've had to
throw the ball more than we've been running the football and
sometimes the circumstances have dictated that. But he's been one
that he's going to give you everything he's got when he's out there.
That's one thing that you can be assured of. I think that's why he's
the leader that he is."

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Cowher knows what it's like to play against the team you cheered for
growing up and understands what Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback
Bruce Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native, will be going through on

"It is a great story," said Cowher. The kid has done a good job down
there. He stepped in and I think he is getting better every game.

"It will be one of those things that stepping into the stadium and
playing against his hometown team will be a special moment for him.
I just hope that it is not one that is real memorable."

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will team up with the Marine Corps for a Toys
for Tots drive at the Steelers-Buccaneers game on Sunday, December
3. Uniformed Marines will have two vehicles set up on Art Rooney
Avenue for the collection along with collection bins at Gates A and
C, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending 15 minutes after kickoff. All fans
are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to help the needy in our
area have a merrier Christmas. Toys are especially needed for girls
and boys ages infant to three and 7-12. It is also asked that
no "weapon toy" be included.

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12-02-2006, 11:27 PM
"We've done a pretty good job at being able to dictate things on

The only problem is we're getting dictated too on Defense too !

12-04-2006, 03:12 PM
Ben is definitely something special and has that "IT" factor that a lot of people talk about great athletes having.

12-04-2006, 03:15 PM
There is no other guy I would want leading this team. You are right AZ he has the "IT" factor.

12-04-2006, 04:17 PM
I'll take a 200 yd passing performance and a couple TD's every week over these 350 yd games with 3 TD's and 4 interceptions. Ben has it, he may not be the most flashy guy in the league, but he just goes out and wins and never quits. I wouldnt trade him either, no question about it.

I hope he's able to get through this season, finish out on a positive level and then take this offseason and just relax and heal up mentally and physically!