Ben Roethlisberger to young guns: Do it again
PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger, now a senior citizen by NFL standards as he prepares for a 10th NFL season, has some advice for hot young quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson.
Do it again.
The NFL's quarterback revolution was bolstered last season by the trio of fast, mobile throwers who led their teams to the playoffs and in Kaepernick's case, the Super Bowl.
"People ask me all the time about these young quarterbacks," Roethlisberger told USA TODAY Sports after Thursday's OTA session. "Let's wait. One year does not mean a lot in this league. Let's see what happens in two, three years.
"I'm not trying to take anything away from them. I think they did some great things last year, and they all have the potential to be great quarterbacks. But you don't want people to jump on their bandwagon so fast and put so much pressure on them to live up to those expectations. My advice to them is to keep doing what you're doing, playing as hard as you can because people will keep trying to build you up and it could get tough."
Roethlisberger said he's pulling for Griffin to make a complete recovery from his blown-out right knee, but he isn't exactly pining for minute-by-minute updates.
"I'm following Heath Miller's recovery. How about that?" he said referring to the veteran tight end mending from knee surgery. "I've got to worry about what's going on here, and that's my tight end getting healthy."