Ben Roethlisberger, like every other sentient being on earth with access to a television, radio or newspaper, is aware of the media onslaught surrounding Tim Tebow. In a media conference call in advance of this week's Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos playoff game, Roethlisberger noted that the attention must be difficult for Tebow.
"It's got to be tough. Every time you turn it on, you see something about Tebow. I can only imagine what it's like for his teammates. Just watching today, it's the Steelers versus Tim Tebow. No, it's the Steelers versus the Broncos, so I can only imagine what it's like for him with all the eyes and the attention on him and the pressure. It can't be fun. I feel for him a little bit.
"I don't think Tim's really calling ESPN and asking them to talk about him," Roethlisberger said. "I would assume his teammates understand it. It's a tough thing. It's the position we play."
Sure, it's true that Roethlisberger and Tebow have both been on the receiving end of a very intense media spotlight, but perhaps not for the same reasons.
So far, it seems like Tebow's teammates have been understanding of the fact that Timmy's going to be the media darling ‒ winning games makes a lot of things more tolerable. But what Roethlisberger's teammates and Tebow's teammates had to understand were very different things, right?
At the height of Ben's media profile, I don't think any of Ben Roethlisberger's teammates were sitting around thinking, "Boy, I just wish I could get some of this attention that Ben's getting. If only there was something I could do to get attention like that."
But that thought might actually occur to a Tebow teammate. The defense, the offensive line, running back and kicker were all just as important to the Broncos' six-game win streak that vaulted them to the playoffs, but no one was out there "Pratering." No one's brewing an Elvis Dumervil beer.
For Tebow, these are issues that will surface another day. The Broncos are in the playoffs, so everyone's happy. Any Roethlisberger/Tebow comparisons probably make Roethlisberger feel better than Tebow.
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