The Ben Roethlisberger Story: I’ll Take You There, Bus


Published: April 7, 2009


... Steelers fan a favor and got Jerome Bettis to continue playing instead of retiring by promising to lead him to his first Super Bowl.

Ben got banged up that year, hurting his knee and sitting out four games.

During the 12 that he played, he looked good, winning nine of them. He actually finished third behind Carson Palmer and Peyton Manning in quarterback rating in the AFC.

The Steelers finished the season with an 11-5 record, and secured the sixth and final AFC playoff seed. The only option for the Steelers was to defy all history and make an epic run through the playoffs to win the Super Bowl trophy, to become the first team to win it after being the sixth seed, and to be the fifth team to win five Super Bowls.

Could they do it?

First up were the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals. They’d beaten the Steelers late in the season to secure the divisi...

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