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01-28-2012, 03:13 PM
NFL Any Era: Ben Roethlisberger
January, 27, 2012
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By Jamison Hensley
John Randle and Ben Roethlisberger ESPN.com IllustrationHall of Famer John Randle would still love to sack Ben Roethlisberger. MATCHUP GALLERY

ESPN.com is unveiling its "Any Era" team this week which features 20 current players with the toughness to play in any period of NFL history. The team was assembled by votes from 20 Hall of Fame players (here's a full explanation of the project).

Coming in at No. 3 on the Any Era Team is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. No surprise here. When you think toughness, the first current quarterback that comes to mind is Roethlisberger.

He just doesn't play with pain. It seems like he plays better in pain. It even hurts recounting his injuries. In 2005, he fractured his right thumb and tore cartilage in his right knee. In 2008, he separated his right shoulder. In 2010, he broke his nose and fractured a bone in his right foot. This year, he sprained his left foot, fractured his right thumb again and suffered a high ankle sprain.

Trying to knock him out of the game is as tough as knocking him to the ground. Roethlisberger has made a career by shrugging off pass-rushers to extend the play and deliver a strike downfield. "Big Ben reminds me of Roman Gabriel, the old Rams quarterback," ESPN's John Clayton wrote. "Big, strong, fairly mobile."

Here are explanations from three Hall of Fame players on why Roethlisberger made the cut:

WARREN MOON: "If Ben Roethlisberger had to play in the era when they went both ways, he could do it. He is a big, classic style of football player. I like his toughness. He is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league. Maybe not the most talented, but the toughest of all of them."

FLOYD LITTLE: "He performs in spite of the hurts and pains and always wants to be in the huddle regardless of his pain. That's the type of players we were -- we lined up whenever the opportunity presented itself, and he really could play in our era. He goes into the locker room, gets taped up, comes back and gets the team a win."

DWIGHT STEPHENSON: "Love him or hate him, Big Ben is one of the toughest, gutsiest players in all of the NFL. Last year he breaks his nose and it is sitting under his left eye socket. The trainer bends it back straight, throws some tape on it, he plays a couple of plays with a mask on, doesn't like the mask, rips it off and goes back in and plays."

01-28-2012, 04:11 PM
he'll be appreciated more by his own fan base after he's gone

much like terry

01-28-2012, 05:24 PM
he'll be appreciated more by his own fan base after he's gone

much like terry

This is all too true. That's why about 5 years ago I simply accepted his style; and now I really enjoy it rather than pulling my hair out when he makes what many call a "boneheaded" play. For me, Steeler football has never been this exciting and it's because of Ben and his never give up style of play. Play each play like its your last.

He belongs on this list.


01-28-2012, 05:38 PM
Who's #1 and #2?

01-28-2012, 05:41 PM
Who's #1 and #2?

I think

1 - Ray Lewis
2 - Troy Polamalu


01-28-2012, 05:43 PM
# No. 20: Colts QB Peyton Manning
# No. 19: Broncos QB Tim Tebow
# No. 18: Lions DT Ndamukong Suh
# No. 17: Colts DE Dwight Freeney
# No. 16: Vikings DE Jared Allen
# No. 15: Jets DB Darrelle Revis
# No. 14: Ravens RB Ray Rice
# No. 13: Ravens S Ed Reed
# No. 12: Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware
# No. 11: Pats** QB Tom Brady
# No. 10: Steelers LB James Harrison
# No. 9: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
# No. 8: Steelers WR Hines Ward
# No. 7: 49ers LB Patrick Willis
# No. 6: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
# No. 5: Bears LB Brian Urlacher
# No. 4: Packers CB Charles Woodson
# No. 3: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
# No. 2: Steelers S Troy Polamalu
# No. 1: Ravens LB Ray Lewis

01-28-2012, 05:57 PM
I never knew Brady, Manning, and Rodgers were considered tough guys?

There must be a rule that those guys have to be on any NFL list.

Seriously no Olinemen?

I would expect a lot more guys in the trenches. They're huge and lightning quick.

And no TEs? No one in any era could cover these modern TEs we now see on every roster.

And sorry, but Troy's not tough enough. Neither is Ed Reed. They're great players, but they don't have complete and utter disregard for themselves the way Ryan Clark does. He's the only safety I'd consider.

Put Calvin Johnson, Larry F, etc in former eras and no one could cover them. They'd push off with ease and probably score 50 TDs in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s.

01-29-2012, 11:54 AM
Ben is a no-brainer. But he should be at the top of this list. I'll accept top 3 'cause, ya know-haters gonna hate.

02-01-2012, 01:03 AM
What the f* are Ravens and Cheatriots* doing on this list?

And Payton "Mr. Fetal Position Personified" Manning?? On a "Tough Guy" list?


(Sorry, I get pissed off around SB time when we're not in it!).