Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger counted his blessings after New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning got benched.
Roethlisberger was one of the first three quarterbacks selected in the 2004 NFL Draft, along with Manning and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. On Wednesday, Roethlisberger was asked about the Giants deciding that they wanted to play their other quarterbacks.
“Very thankful for this organization,” Roethlisberger said, via Penn Live’s Jacob Klinger. “It’s a tough situation that they’re in and he obviously had to be in, so I’m thankful it’s not happening to me right now.”
His response was a lot more measured, and self-involved, than Rivers’ response when he was asked about Manning. Rivers said that the situation was “pathetic.”
Even though Rivers didn’t center his answer on himself, it would be reasonable for Manning’s benching to strike a nerve with him because he was drafted the same year. After 14 years, none of three are in their prime.
Fortunately for Roethlisberger and Rivers, they aren’t currently quarterbacking teams that have been without three of their best receivers for much of this season. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall of the Giants went down for the season in Week 5. Also, Sterling Shepard has missed four games this season.
The Giants decided on Tuesday that they wanted to play quarterbacks Geno Smith and Davis Webb, but offered Manning the opportunity to at least start the game on Sunday so he could break Jim Otto’s record for consecutive starts.
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