Super Bowl Champion and University of Pittsburgh graduate Aaron Donald says he believes Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen reminds him of Ben Roethlisberger, only better.
“He’s like a futuristic 'Big Ben',” the Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle told his team’s website.
The Rams open up their Super Bowl-defending season on Thursday, Sept. 8 in prime-time against Allen and the Bills at SoFi Stadium.
“[He’s] a little bit more athletic [compared to Roethlisberger], can move a little bit better,” aid Donald. “But he’s a guy that ain’t gonna go down easy so you got to come with your big boy pads when you get to wrap him up.”
Allen was taken seventh overall by the Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft and has become one of the NFL’s premier young quarterbacks.
Allen led the Bills to their first AFC Championship Game since 1993 in 2020, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. They lost again to the Chiefs this past season in the AFC Divisional Round in one of the most memorable playoff games in recent memory.
Allen went 11-6 under center last season with 4,407 yards, 36 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 92.2.
Roethlisberger retired at the end of this past season after 18 seasons in the NFL, all spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers and Roethlisberger were beaten by the Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Round of the playoffs last year.