The 2011 Super Bowl is less than a week away and the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing by....being grilled by reporters at Media Day. The event is taking place at Cowboys Stadium and includes the majority of the players and assistant coaches, as well as head coaches.
The biggest crowd of the day goes to Ben Roethlisbeger. The Steelers QB talked for an hour and covered a lot of topics. Obviously the national media wants to write the redemption story after he was suspended the first four games of the season. However, Roethlisberger's way of handling that has been to say he's not in a reflective mood yet and moves onto the next question.
Here are a few other topics he hit:
-Roethlisberger says game day is going to be extra special because this game includes two of the best fan bases in the NFL. The Packers are actually the second best traveling fan base (behind the Jets) while the Steelers are 11th. Roethlisberger says his transition from "Roethlisberger the jerk" to "Roethlisberger the nice guy" is going smoothly as he received an award issued to him by the Pittsburgh media. "That award really meant a lot to me," he said after admitting he wasn't always a nice guy to the media.
-He mentioned Packers LB Clay Matthews when asked about his biggest concerns. The Packers LB has been the best pass rusher this season and can do some damage. Stopping Clay Matthews was the theme of what the Steelers had to say.
-He says he isn't sure where he gets the ability to feel pressure and escape the pocket. "I'm not pretty when I play," he says. "I'll be the first to admit that." He says he'll never win a passing title or an MVP (though some might disagree with that) but he only worries about the stats that matter and that's your win/loss record.
-Does it bother him that he didn't have to beat the Patriots to get here? "Heck no."