Wednesday with Ben: Dec. 3

Ben Roethlisberger met with the media on Wednesday. Here's what the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers had to say about the Dallas Cowboys, Plaxico Burress and a number of other topics:

Ben Roethlisberger met with the media on Wednesday. Here's what the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers had to say about the Dallas Cowboys, Plaxico Burress and a number of other topics:

What's your reaction to what Plaxico (Burress) is going through?

It's one of those things, I actually talked to Plaxico Sunday after our game on the way back the airport. I just feel bad for him and I wish him nothing but the best, like I told him. No one knows what's going to happen, but I just wish him and his family the best.

You guys were pretty tight when he was here, what kind of guy did you know him to be?

He was a great guy. He was a great neighbor. If I needed some sugar, I could go borrow it. He's a great guy and a good friend. He still is. It's unfortunate that this had to happen.

Is the Steelers and Cowboys still a rivalry?

I just got done talking to Dallas' media and they asked what kind of rivalry this was. I said it was in the '70s and I wasn't even born then. It's tough for me to speak about the rivalry. But it's here every day when you walk in and see the pictures from back then when they used to play. You know how special it is from a team standpoint. But to us, it's just another huge game.

What makes it such a big deal? It seems like Dallas is just a big deal.

They're America's Team. I still think we have more fans, but they're America's Team. It will be, as coach says, a five-star matchup.

Do you know (Tony) Romo? Have you interacted with him much at golf tournaments or anything?

We played golf this offseason.

Are you guys friendly?

We were able to talk. I don't call him on a daily basis and talk to him about stuff, but he's OK.

He's a good golfer.

He's a great golfer.

When you think about a lot of the attention you get, do you wonder what it's like to be in his shoes?

No, I don't. I don't mean this to sound rude, but he's asking for it. He's dating high-profile, he's doing all the stuff that he wants to do. That's the life that he chooses to live off the football field and that's his choice. It's what he chooses to do.

Do these two quarterbacks kind of mirror the franchises?

I guess you could say that. It's an honor to say that now, but for me, I would never put myself there. But you could say that from their standpoint.

Would you say your styles are similar?

Yeah, I would say that. We're both kind of the risky gunslinger-type if you will. We run around and make something happen and have a lot of fun out there. I would say we're pretty similar in type.

How aware do you have to be of DeMarcus Ware?

Nothing against him, but I think we've got two of the best pass rushers in the NFL. He's an unbelievable player. He leads the league in sacks. The media in Dallas wanted me to talk about him too. But you can't just single out one guy because that whole defense is unbelievable. You have to be aware of where all 11 guys are at all times.

Do you think what Plax did could be a wake-up call for other players?

I think it's something that, just like any other situation that comes up with your peers and friends in and out of football, you learn from it. I'm sure people will learn and try not to let it happen to them.

You established a running game in New England. How important is that and is it here to stay?

I think it was very important for Willie (Parker) to come back out and make a couple of splash plays. Mo (Mewelde Moore) has been doing it on a high level recently. It's nice to see those two compliment each other like they do. And then Gary Russell coming in and Carey Davis. I think our offense is starting to come around to the level that we like. We're not there yet but we're starting to come around and it's the right time.

Is there an advantage to having a rotation with those guys?

They're a great combination. They're a one-two punch, if you will, and the uppercut is Gary Russell coming in on the goal line. I think they compliment each other well.

You went down there and won in '04, did you feel the momentum really build?

That was the turning point for me that season. I went down there and had a pretty good game. It was overwhelming going in there because they are the Cowboys and at Dallas Cowboys stadium. That was the last time I played them and I look forward to this game too.

Is the offensive line gelling over the last few weeks?

Absolutely. People made such a big deal, and they still do, about the sacks and how high the number is. You have to understand that a lot of those sacks came early in the year when we had new guys in there and we played the top defenses in the NFL. The last couple of weeks they've been so low, 0, 1, 2, you can see the comfort level from those guys, knowing who's on their right, who's on their left, because we've had that same group of five now for quite a number of weeks. You can see them gel with it.


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