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I have to preface this blog with a disclaimer. I don't like Ben Rapelisberger at all. I think he is overrated as a QB. I think he is probably a terrible human being, although I've never met him so I can't say for sure. However, I have to defend him against something I read while I was reading through the latest NFL Truth & Rumors.

Another user on this site said this about his ankle injury:

"Roethlsiberger is a drama queen. He wasn't/isn't hurt badly at all and he likes to play this particular game often because he knows the Steeler fans eat it up. Toughest ever my asss"

     This is one of the dumbest posts I've seen in a long time on this website. This guy is obviously completely biased and knows nothing about ankle injuries. For those who didn't see, check out the hit that hurt Ben at the bottom of the blog. I apologize for the terrible quality, there wasn't much to choose from.

     I have a high ankle sprain myself right now, hurt playing rugby. I also have partial tears of every ligament/tendon in my foot... other than the achilles. At least I scored in the first half, before my injury! I've been laid up for 10 weeks now. I can walk, but running (or playing football) would be insane. Granted, I don't have access to elite medical staff and equipment like superstar athletes, but this is a gruesome injury.

    Both the doctor and the foot specialist said that "I would have been better off completely tearing stuff or breaking it. This is the worst ankle injury you can have."  So I know a little about pain and ankle injuries right now. If you care to read up on ankle injuries:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ankle-injuries-causes-and-treatments 

 or

http://orthopedics.about.com/od/sprainsstrains/a/syndesmosis.htm

    The latter link is of note for me, because so far it hasn't been healing well. I might be getting surgery in January to repair my foot and put in screws or a plate. Yay me. But back to Big Ben. Did you see the way his ankle bent? Feet don't do that. He isn't acting and this isn't to make Steelers fans cheer for him more. Someone else said that Ben "plays up the injuries so that fans will cheer him more." You know, like Paul Pierce did in the playoffs that one year. My ass he does. Well, he might... but not this time. The fact that Big Ben went back into the game and he put it all on the line for his team (during the regular season) is impressive. I respect his toughness, even though I would never cheer for him.

December 14, 2011  07:54 PM ET

Um... his ankle was jacked up. End of story. I'm thinking the person that made that comment is either a Steeler/Big Ben hater or a drama queen themselves. Possibly both.

December 15, 2011  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Um... his ankle was jacked up. End of story. I'm thinking the person that made that comment is either a Steeler/Big Ben hater or a drama queen themselves. Possibly both.

Totally agree. Bradshaw got the same treatment everytime he got hurt as well. People just love to hate on Steelers regardless of the facts.

And facts are:

Big Ben may actually miss the next two weeks
His high ankle sprain actually has torn tendons

His nose was broke and he came back in and won the game against arch rivals

His left ankle has been sprained twice before

His left shoulder was driven into the ground and badly bruised

His throwing hand STILL has a fractured thumb...

He has had concussions and sat out only due to league policy...

and last fact

HE IS ONE TOUGH MOTHER HUMPER THAT IS THE EPITOME OF STEELER TYPE FOOTBALL

December 15, 2011  03:26 PM ET

Agreed. Big Ben is as tough as they come in the NFL with all the poundings he's taken over the years. I think people just like to take jabs at the Steelers players, because they're competitive every year.

 
February 4, 2012  10:12 PM ET

I am a Steeler fan, team first regardless of who is there. Ben, whatever issues of field, when on field he truly hates to leave. Yes this comment is a little late but my opinion still counts, lol.

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