PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is ready to become the leader of the Steelers after spending six seasons following and learning from Jerome Bettis, James Farrior and Hines Ward.

Roethlisberger understands why his teammates stripped him of his captaincy this season as it’s difficult to be a locker-room leader while serving a four-game suspension for misconduct.

Roethlisberger is trying to repair his image — that of a self-absorbed star who can be rude to the public and players alike.

He believes that with the Steelers at a critical juncture in the season, it’s demanded of him that he become more of a leader. And he knows that running the huddle won’t be enough.

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