Ben Roethlisberger is in the middle of a pivotal offseason. The 38-year-old quarterback is coming back from major elbow surgery and trying to reward the Steelers' faith in him.
Pittsburgh's offense struggled in 2019 without Roethlisberger. It's obvious that neither Duck Hodges or Mason Rudolph is the long-term answer for the Steelers at QB. Thus, they're turning back to Roethlisberger and hoping he returns to the form he showed in 2018 when he threw for 5,129 yards.
Recently, Big Ben has been sporting a huge Santa Claus-esque beard that he's been working on for quite some time. While his beard has gotten bigger, Roethlisberger insists his body has slimmed down.
In a recent interview with Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger calls out people who say he has gotten fat over the last few months. He claims that he's actually in better shape than he has been recently.
Big Ben blames his facial hair for making him look overweight.
“I’ve heard people say I’m fat, and that just blows my mind,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m lighter and in better shape than I was in either of the past two years. I haven’t stopped working out. I normally don’t work out in the offseason, but I’ve been doing everything five days a week with my trainer. Cardio twice a week. Legs twice a week. Upper body twice a week …
“I guess it’s my beard that makes me look heavier. I must have five pounds in that, I know. But I’m not overweight.”
Admittedly, it is tough to say what Roethlisberger will look like on the field this fall. He missed a lot of time and we have to see how his arm responded to the operation.
The Steelers need to find an eventual replacement for Ben, either this year or next.
In the meantime, they will hope his massive shoulders (not his gut) can carry the offense.