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06:25 AM ET 11.19 | Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger has come to the aid of his embattled fellow quarterback, Donovan McNabb. The Eagles QB has caused a wave of hilarity nationwide for confessing that he did not know NFL games could end in a tie after the Birds struggled to a 13-13 standoff in Cincinnati. (Some of his teammates said the same thing.) Roethlisberger, one of Pittsburgh's offensive captains, estimated yesterday that half the league's players didn't know. The Steelers' Hines Ward, a former Super Bowl MVP and an 11-season veteran, acknowledged he was among them - and he played in a tie six years ago. "I think people are making too big a deal and are being too hard on Donovan, because you'd be surprised - I bet at least 50 percent of the league didn't know that at the time," Roethlisberger said. "You'd be real surprised. I think people just assume that the quarterback should know it all and that everyone should know that stuff, and it's not necessarily true, because who ever thinks about that stuff?"

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