Ben Roethlisberger Has Right to Put Young QBs in Their Place

By Clyde A. Speller
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Yesterday, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger chimed in on how he felt about the NFL’s young, rising stars at the quarterback position. Last season, the league saw rookies Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson lead their teams to the postseason, and second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick make a name for himself in Super Bowl XLVII.

When asked about the young talent, Roethlisberger wasn’t quick to give them high praise. “Let’s wait. One year does not mean a lot in this league. Let’s see what happens in two, three years,” Big Ben replied.

Most may criticize Roethlisberger for being so blunt with his remarks, but I think that he is right on the money. Furthermore, I feel that Big Ben is more than qualified to comment on such a topic.

As a rookie in 2004, Roethlisberger stepped in as the Steelers’ starting quarterback, ended the regular season with a 14-0 record as a starter, and was one game away from the Super Bowl. The following season, Big Ben led Pittsburgh to it’s first championship in 26 years, and three years later he helped add another Lombardi Trophy to the Steelers’ trophy case.

Roethlisberger went much further than Luck, Griffin, and Wilson did in their rookie seasons, and actually won a championship as a second-year player, unlike Kaepernick.

Some say that Big Ben may be speaking out of pure jealousy because they all made the playoffs last season and he didn’t. Others may say that seeing three rookies potentially higher than him on the Top 100 Players of 2013 could be the reason for his opinion. I’m here to say that both of these reasons are ridiculous.

Roethlisberger is absolutely correct with his comments regarding the young up-and-coming quarterbacks of the NFL. We’ve seen so many quarterbacks start their careers with a bang only to later fizzle out as quickly as they came. Vince Young is a prime example of this.

Luck, Griffin, Wilson, and Kaepernick all are on the right track for greatness. However, if they want to stay on that track, then taking time out to see what Roethlisberger did in the early stages of his career wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Even though the names of these young quarterbacks might be mentioned before Big Ben when naming the NFL’s top quarterbacks (although they shouldn’t be), Roethlisberger has done more than enough to prove his worth in the league, and his point of view regarding quarterbacks in the NFL should be taken very seriously.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google

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