PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s never a good sign when the quarterback limps off the field; but on Thursday night, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shrugged off the pain after a scary-looking leg injury and got back on the field.
Looking for an open receiver in the second quarter, Roethlisberger ran out of time and down he went. His ankle took the brunt of the sack.
It had fans worried, not just about the game, but about the rest of the season.
“When I saw it, I didn’t know if he was going to be able to come back to the game or not,” said one fan.
But fear not fans. Roethlisberger was absent for a few minutes in the second quarter, and after halftime gallantly hobbled back onto the field after being cleared by doctors.
“Limped off, went right into the locker room. I knew he was coming back,” said Steeler fan Tim Bellin. “Everybody said he’s [going to] be done for the game. I knew he was coming back. He has that toughness in him.”
“He’s always injured and he always gets back up and moves forward with it,” added Denise Baer, another fan.
Some fans are even comparing him to a Steelers Hall of Famer. Many saying his ability to play through the pain and injuries is much like that of Terry Bradshaw.
“Ben reminds me of Terry Bradshaw in the back. He plays for the love of the game. He plays through toughness,” said Bellin. “I think now he’s starting to get the recognition.”
Roethlisberger will have some extra time to recover. The Steelers don’t play again until Dec. 19 when they take on the San Francisco 49ers.