The Ben Roethlisberger Story: The Emergence of a Rookie


Published: April 4, 2009


... come and gone in Pittsburgh.

Tommy Maddox was the Steelers' starting quarterback, Charlie Batch second on the depth chart, with rookie Ben Roethlisberger sitting at the No. 3 spot, hoping against hope to see some playing time in the course of a Steelers blowout.

The backfield was made up of starters Deuce Staley at running back, Dan Kreider at fullback and Jerome "The Bus" Bettis coming in for short yardage situations, as he was starting to show his age.

The receiving corps consisted of most notably Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress, two great targets for any quarterback, at least that year. The offensive line was as solid as a rock with Alan Faneca and Jeff Hartings holding down the trenches.

Ben got his first chance to shine in week two of the regular season, against heated and respected divisional foes the Baltimore Ravens.

Tommy Maddox injured his elbow at the start of the third quarter and backup Charlie Batch had a knee injury, ...

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