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Steelers fans cheer Roethlisberger

Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:12 pm
B. Roethlisberger and B. Leftwich at Pittsburgh practice today (AP). All Ben Roethlisberger wants from the Steelers fan base is a second chance (or, more accurately, a fourth chance. That’s what he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for today’s editions.

Roethlisberger mentioned how nervous he was driving to camp, simply because he didn’t know the reaction he’d receive after another turbulent offseason that resulted in a (for now) six-game suspension to open this year.

"I am hoping and praying that I get a warm reception,” he told the paper Friday afternoon. “I hope people want to give me another chance and that they will give me that chance to prove to them ... It would tear me apart if (booing) happened at home. On the road we are used to it anyway. I can block that out; but it touches my heart because I love Pittsburgh.”

Those prayers seemed to work.

From the Associated Press :

What Roethlisberger didn't expect was this: Waves of cheering supporters wearing his No. 7 jersey and knocking over temporary security fences to get the autograph of a player whose vulgar off-field behavior led the NFL to suspend him for six games.

Roethlisberger, so disliked in Pittsburgh a few months ago that he wondered if he'd ever regain a sliver of his previous support, was greeted warmly by an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 10,000 on Saturday at Saint Vincent College. He heard few, if any jeers, and many fans appeared to go out of their way to embrace him.

There were cheers when Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward arrived on the practice field together, and more when the quarterback found Antwaan Randle El on a pass route.

Pumped up by the response, Roethlisberger couldn't recall throwing a single incompletion during a nearly two-hour practice.

"I was nervous, scared, anxious, a lot of emotions," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger, after practice, signed and gave away both of his shoes. Even Ward – no stranger to criticizing Roethlisberger – had nice things to say.

"For many years, people didn't know what was really going on with Ben," Ward said. "He's starting to open up and be more personal with guys. Today he was talking to everybody. I really think he understands the situation. I think you could really see the excitement in him, competing and playing football again. ... He's working on trying to improve himself."

Roethlisberger worked out with the first team today, but that could change Sunday. It sounds like Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon will rotate with the different teams.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Steelers fans cheer Roethlisberger

What would happen if Byron Leftwich comes out and looks great and Roethlisberger falters after the 6 game absence? Would they go back to Leftwich? Or stick with the guy who has led them to two super bowl wins in his first 6 seasons? Roethlisberger is 69-32 including 7-2 in the postseason and 2-0 in Superbowls. Bottom line he wins games. But lately in his career there has been a ton of drama going on he has a lot of distractions, as well as 6 games off meaning he'll be rusty. Is it realistic to believe he'll come out firing td passes left and right when he comes back? No, not even close. The Steelers are certainly hoping he does though. He's on his way to a hall of fame career with 19,302 regular season passing yards, 139 tds, and 81 ints. He has 1,932 yards 12 tds, 7 int and 2 rushing tds. While also completing 64% his passes in 9 playoff games.

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