It’s been said that everyone has the Winnie the Pooh gene – literally looking like a yellow bear with an around-the-clock smile. For quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, this visual similarity seems to help him escape the evidently escapable confines of NFL pockets.
At 6’5″ and 485 pounds, Big Ben resembles a tree in the pocket – firmly planted and looking for an open receiver. He’s huge, not mobile or flexible in any way.
And then it happens.. dude bounces out of the wobbly grasp of three stumbling defenders on 3rd and 12 and dips down the right hash line for 16 yards and a two-minute drill first down in the NFC Championship. Every time.. defenses erupting with frustration, elderly fans farting with anger, odds makers smiling because they knew.
Well I’ll tell you what – people would be a lot less pissed if it was actually our famous cartoon bear throwing the football rather than an aging moose who used to be a pimp. At least Roethlisberger’s got an awesome burger with 12 ounces of ground beef, 12 ounces of sausage, American cheese and two eggs made after him. Too bad it’s blandly named The Roethlisburger.