Titans vs. Steelers: 6 Questions with Nice Pick, Cowher Co-Editor Dominic di Tolla

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Joshua: Following an alleged 2010 rape, I’m sure you’re aware of the dislike that many NFL fans have with Ben Roethlisberger. From what I understand, Roethlisberger has since matured and accepted more of a leadership role. That hasn’t changed the overall perception that many Titans fans have of him. As a Steelers fan who has followed him closely, what have you noticed about his character?

Oct 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) talks with outside tackle Max Starks (78) before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

di Tolla: As the Steelers’ offense has been more of an aerial attack, Big Ben has taken more of a leadership role on the offensive side of the ball.  Ben is and has been the focal point on the offensive side of the ball since guys like Alan Faneca, Hines Ward, and Jerome Bettis left town.

He’s a two-time Super Bowl winner, is tough enough to stay in a game with a broken face like he did against Baltimore in 2010, and was just named a team captain once again.  Roethlisberger is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he was actually on his way to a “career-year” before he was injured on Monday Night Football against the Chiefs last fall.