Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has recovered from an elbow surgery and he has acknowledged that he now wants to achieve more success and win a few more Super Bowls. Last year, two-time Super Bowl champion Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury and he missed the rest of the NFL season.
"I think any athlete, any competitor, will tell you they want to go out on their own terms," Roethlisberger said from training camp, as quoted on CBS Sports. "And it doesn't happen all the time. We don't always get that lucky … I think if I had felt that I was closer to the end, it might have been a decision for me to think longer about coming back or not.
But I didn't feel that I was close to that. I'm not saying that I have 10 years left in me, but I definitely feel that I have some really good years left in me. That was definitely a motivating factor; coming back and showing that I still have it in the tank.
I still have a lot to give this team. I still have a lot to give the fans. And I still want to win Lombardis, and I say that with a plural on the end." Steelers right guard David DeCastro says Roethlisberger is in great spirits The pain that had plagued Roethlisberger for years is now gone and it can be seen on the 38-year-old quarterback, claims DeCastro.
"He seems kind of lighter, a positive attitude, happier," DeCastro said of his teammate of nine seasons, via Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider. "I think the biggest thing with Ben, it's not just that he's a talented player, it's what he does for the people around him.
He has the ability to make you play better, forces you to play better because he expects it. It's similar to Pouncey in a way in that good leaders aren't just good players. You have to have that ability, but they demand your best when you're out there.
You call in line. That's a true leader. He has that presence in the huddle. He expects the best from you. He expects you not to lose. I've been around him over the years, he's always had that. It's part of what makes him great.
"But he seems happy. He's lighter on his feet. Just having a good time. Being out last year I'm sure it hurt. That's not easy on your mental health. We're all enjoying it. We all know we're old. It might be [left tackle Alejandro Villanueva's] last year.
[Maurkice] Pouncey and I are getting old, too. Who knows what's going to happen? We're trying to enjoy it the most we can."