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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger reiterated his commitment to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday after questions were raised about how much work he puts into preparing for games away from team headquarters.
“First off, how does anybody know what I’m doing at home when I’m watching film or I’m looking through my playbook?” Roethlisberger said on WDVE-FM. “Unless someone’s got cameras set up in my house and they’re spying on me, but then they’d see the truth that I am doing that stuff.
“It’s so ridiculous. I get fired up because I don’t like when people make up stuff about you, especially when you’re so passionate about your team and your family and where I want to be.”
I want to stay. My family wants to stay. I want to finish my career here. I’ve always said that. I hope that’s very clear to everybody.
” — Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB
According to an NFL Network report, the Steelers are frustrated with Roethlisberger’s unwillingness to change his style of play and study more away from the team facility. The report also said Roethlisberger may ask the team to explore trading him in the offseason because the veteran quarterback is unhappy with the direction of the franchise.
Roethlisberger vehemently denied the report Friday.
“I want to stay. My family wants to stay. I want to finish my career here. I’ve always said that,” Roethlisberger said. “I hope that’s very clear to everybody. When someone is a source and they’re unnamed, they have an agenda, and that agenda is not winning football games and not helping this team. And whoever the agenda is coming from, they’re not helping us. They’re hurting us.
“There’s no way it’s coming from in the building because, if it is, they would come talk to me. I think my résumé speaks for itself on what I’ve done in the past — winning championships and football games.”
Roethlisberger said he addressed the report with Steelers owner emeritus Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II after Sunday’s 23-10 win over the Buffalo Bills.
“When this stuff first came out after the game, I went to Mr. Rooney and Art Rooney and said, ‘Listen, I hope you guys know that none of this is coming from me. I don’t know where it’s coming from.’ I think they knew that. I just wanted them to hear that directly from me,” Roethlisberger said.
“Both of them said to me, ‘Ben, this is ridiculous. It’s not from us. We would never think about getting rid of you.’ I don’t know if it’s necessary to go to them [again] because I believe what they told me last week.”
Roethlisberger said the only discussions he has had in the past with Dan Rooney regarding his style of play have dealt with the importance of him staying healthy.
“He’s never said to change when we talk in person,” Roethlisberger said. “I trust him. Obviously, I don’t want to be hurt. I want to be out there every week, every play. That’s my agenda: winning football games and doing everything I can to help this franchise win games and championships.”
Roethlisberger will have two years left on his eight-year, $102 million contract after this season in a deal agreed to in 2008, when there were still two years left on his rookie pact. He said he has not thought about his contract situation and hopes he can play his entire career for the Steelers.
“I love this staff. I know people made a big deal about Coach [Todd] Haley and me, but I really like where our offense is going,” Roethlisberger said. “I like the players we have, the coaches we have. I don’t want to see any coach go anywhere because I like what I think could be good for us in the future.”
- Covered Steelers for six years for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
- Author of five books, including “Heaven Sent: The Heather Miller Story,” which highlights the friendship a young girl with cancer developed with several Steelers players