Exclusive: Ben Roethlisberger One-On-One With Bob Pompeani

LATROBE (KDKA) — KDKA’s Bob Pompeani sat down with Ben Roethlisberger in his dorm room at Saint Vincent College for an exclusive interview.

When it comes to his former coach Bill Cowher, Ben says he deserves to be a first ballot hall of famer. Cowher will be up for the first time next year.

“When you talk about Hall of Fame coaches, I think that he should be mentioned in that group and no doubt in my mind he should be in,” he said.

When it comes to his own chances, Roethlisberger says he still has a long way to go.

“Because I’m never going to be satisfied with where I’m at, I’m always trying to get better and I just don’t feel like I’m that quality yet,” he said.

“Well, I think wins honestly – I think wins and championships,” he continued. “I think that those are those are – those should be the first two things in my opinion that you look at because that’s to me the true definition of a quarterback – ‘Do they help their team win football games?’ That to me is big.”

“Now I know you’ll look at guys like Dan Marino, but I know he put together quite [an] impressive record and resume, so I think those guys – there’s always exceptions to the rule,” he added.

Down the road, Troy Polamalu will almost certainly end up in Canton, Ohio, but will he change uniforms before then?

Pompeani: “Can you ever imagine Troy Polamalu wearing anything but this uniform?”

Roethlisberger: “No. And I can’t speak for Troy, but I know Troy. There’s no way Troy’s going anywhere. I mean, he’s too valuable to this team, to the franchise, to the fans, the league, to go anywhere but here, so I really don’t even think that’s an option, but of course I don’t make the decisions. … It’s like me. I can’t see myself ever wearing another jersey. I think if something ever happened and they didn’t want to sign me, I’d probably just go.”

Pompeani: “Twitter – very popular thing these days, but I notice you don’t Twitter. First of all, why not?”

Roethlisberger: “I’m sure it’s great for some players. That’s how they want to connect to their fans and stuff, but I think it’s an opportunity for you to get in a lot of trouble because it’s right at the palm of your fingers. In a time of passion, in time of emotion and not thinking, you could say whatever you want and you can’t take it back. The second you hit send or however it works, the whole world knows about it and I think that’s very dangerous and I also think that in an athlete’s life and in a person’s life of celebrity status or whatever, you’re looking for your privacy and I don’t understand how people complain about their privacy, but yet, they’re tweeting what they’re eating and what they’re doing, so it’s just kind of counterproductive if you ask me.”

Pompeani: “It’s been said that it’s very difficult for a team that loses a Super Bowl Ben to get back there. In fact, the statistics bear that out. The last team to do it was the Buffalo Bills back in 1992. Why? Why is it so difficult to get back?”

Roethlisberger:“It is a little baffling because usually you have a fire under you and want to get back and win it and prove everybody wrong, but you know, it’s such an awesome accomplishment just to get there. Obviously, you hate to lose it – especially after winning two. It’s hard, but we just want to come out and play good football and it’s really – you’re not playing the Super Bowl week 1, so we just gotta get ready and take it one week at a time like we always do.”

Click here to read part two of the exclusive interview!

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  • Anonymous

    Good solid interview–Pompeani is the best–Ben still blew the Superbowl for us!

  • Laura Leigh McGuirk

    I hate I missed the interview but I live in Alabama. Maybe I can catch it online? Best of Luck to Ben and his new bride Ashley and I hope the Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl this year.

    • Anonymous

      bens a fat faced punk like a spoiled little sissy his fans are me me me generation such losers

      • Anonymous

        now now he is just like all his loser fans wait til your daughters get older you might see things differently oh my time to get a tat may as well get an earring and a nice cool drink of cool aid you probably dont know what im talking about but jim jones does lolololololo losers

      • Donna

        Speak for yourself as you don’t know a thing about me, and I have been a big fan of Ben’s from the day he stepped on the field as a Steeler, and when all is said and done I think he is going to be one of the greats. Speak for yourself, as you certainly don’t know a thing about everyone else.

  • Steve Sans

    Good solid interview-Pompeani is the best–He still blew the Superbowl for us! Hope he becomes a sincere person-or at least strives to be. Looking forward to a great season

  • clay

    So Ben “blew the Super Bowl” all by himself huh? What a lame and totally inaccurate statement!

    • Anonymous

      Yes you are right the entire team blew-shouldn’t have pointed the finger at just one guy

      • Anonymous

        bunch of f ckin losers fans and team arts rolling in his grave

      • Donna

        Correct, no “one” player can ever lose a game, it is a team playing, and anyone can step up and make a play that will overcome a error

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    The only loosers I see here are the ones arguing on the internet.

  • Sandi

    This was a great interview. Can’t wait to see the other part tonight. Truly could tell by Ben’s smile that he has truly been forgiven and redeemed. God Bless this new exciting season for the Steelers and the Steeler Nation. Thank you Bob Pompeani for showing us this a year later.

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  • Ryan S.

    Any mention of the 2 sexual misconduct charges? I didn’t think so, as long as he helps the team win, let’s just pretend those incidents never happened.

  • Jackie Gerring

    You have to be charged with something in order to have charges brought against you Ryan. Ben has NEVER BEEN CHARGED. Get over it. Go cheer for Browns instead.

    • Ryan S.

      He wasn’t charged, so nothing happened right? In fact, maybe he wasn’t even in the bar that night, or even in Georgia for that matter. I know, he was probably volunteering at a homeless shelter at the time. This clown has sure managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the naive Steeler fans.

  • Jackie Gerring

    Oh dear god…I won’t get into this. You are very clearly a hater. He hasn’t pulled any wool over my eyes.

    • Ryan S.

      Not a hater, just a realist. If there was just the one incident, I could understand how it might have been a money grab, but with the second accusation, I say where there’s smoke there’s fire. I’m just tired of fans pretending that nothing happened and that this clown is considered a choir boy.

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  • Laura Leigh McGuirk

    I wish Ben and Ashley the best of luck on a successful marriage. Best of Luck to the Pittsburgh Steelers also and hopefully it will be a Super Bowl winning season.

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