PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When Ben Roethlisberger’s left hand went to his right elbow, Steelers Nation felt the twinge.

“That makes me slightly sad,” one fan said.

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“Pure sadness today. Big Ben Fan,” said another.

But if you’re expecting a flood of black and gold tears, prepare yourself for this: “I think it’s time for him to hang up his helmet, really,” said a fan.

“As bad as he’s looked in game one — not bad, but just off with his deep throws, short passes – something’s been wrong, so I think it’s time to start looking and see what we have,” one Steeler supporter said.

One fan said, “Watching the game yesterday, I felt Ben really wasn’t in the game yesterday, and from the beginning, we said ‘let’s put Mason in.'”


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That’s right. As heartless as it sounds, the fan base is okay with moving on and excited about Mason Rudolph.

“He reminded me of Ben in his first year,” said a fan.

“I think, give him a chance, we’ll see, just give him a chance. You never know what might happen,” another Steeler Nation member said.

A few other fans agreed.

The fan who thinks Ben wasn’t looking the best against New England said, “This might turn out to be a good thing to figure out what our future is.”

Talking about Rudolph, one fan said, “He’s hungry and we need hungry in Pittsburgh.”

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“If the coach has faith in (Rudolph), we the fans have faith in him as well,” said another.