Ben Roethlisberger has never been the most ideal physical specimen. He's got a big arm, for sure, but it's more likely that the "big" in his popular nickname is referring to his 6'5", 240-lb. frame.
Still, using that big arm and some surprisingly slippery moves to escape trouble, Roethlisberger has built a phenomenal, Hall of Fame-caliber career. His trajectory to Canton, however, took a slight dip after an arm injury brought his 2019, age-37 season to an end after just two games. His rehab and recovery has been a focal point of the Steelers 2020 offseason, and there are mixed reviews of how it's been going so far.
On one side, people like Steelers GM Kevin Colbert expect Big Ben to be even better after his surgery (see video above). On the other hand, there are critics of Big Ben's offseason, including a particularly harsh assessment of Roethlisberger's fitness efforts from The Athletic's Jay Glazer.
After a fan submitted a question to Glazer's mailbag regarding the Steelers' potential to be a sleeper team, referencing Roethlisberger's recovery "back to even 85% plus fitness," Glazer gave a biting answer.
"First of all, let’s not put the words fitness and Ben Roethlisberger together, they are allergic to each other," Glazer said. "There is no fitness in Ben Roethlisberger. His idea of a great off-season workout program is doing one yoga session, playing golf, and drinking some beer."
Andrew Fillipponi of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh didn't find the report all too appealing to read as a Steelers fan.
Yikes. Hopefully this rather interesting offseason workout plan doesn't hinder his ability to get back onto the playing field. Neither Mason Rudolph nor Duck Hodges did much to encourage fans that they're the wave of the future, and so for the short term, it looks like Big Ben is the best answer.
That is, unless Cam Newton or another veteran quarterback becomes a surprising late addition to the roster. His offseason workouts look a little bit different than Ben's sound, don't you think?