Sunday January 30, 2011
The Super Bowl is one week away, and the excitement is building at a record pace. The Green Bay Packers will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboy Stadium on Fox. Both of these teams are defined by their defense. Both teams have what it takes to win. Yet, their winning desire on the field starts with their quarterbacks. Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers are more similar than most think. Their quests for the Lombardi Trophy are different.
Aaron Rodgers is a quarterback who seemingly got no respect before this playoff run. This lack of respect started when he was selected as the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by Green Bay. He was passed over for players like quarterback Alex Smith and running back Ronnie Brown, players who have not had a postseason victory yet. It didn’t stop there as Rodgers became the backup for Brett Favre during his first three seasons. When he started to take over as the starter, he could not win close games. Rodgers has faced failure and scrutiny season after season. Well, that’s all changed. Rodgers is more determined than ever to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay. He sees this as a chance to start his legacy as the man in Green Bay. Rodgers figuratively wants his championship belt, and he will not rest until he gets it.
Ben Roethlisberger is a quarterback who was in the same position as Rodgers. He was selected 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh. He also had to wait his turn to start for the Steelers. The similarities stop there; Roethlisberger emerged as one of the elite quarterbacks. He’s led the Steelers to two Super Bowls. While Rodgers is respected by his team, Roethlisberger had to earn his repeatedly thanks to his digressions off the field. He was in a motorcycle crash after his first Super Bowl victory. He has been charged and linked to sexual assault cases. None went to trial, but Roethlisberger served a 4-game suspension earlier this year. This Super Bowl for Roethlisberger is not a chance to start a legacy but to cement it. He believes his time to become one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game is now, both on and off the field.
These two quarterbacks are similar in style and toughness. The gridiron legends look down on them and see them as worthy players to lead their teams. In one week, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers will lead their teams into Dallas for the biggest game of their lives. One will be looking for glory for the first time, and the other will be looking for redemption. There’s no better place to achieve either of those than Super Bowl XLV.
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