Ben Roethlisberger Inducted In MAC Hall Of Fame

ben_roethlisberger_seymour_fine_1070480951Two-time Super Bowl champion, multiple Pro Bowls and a passing title Ben Roethlisberger can now add Hall of Famer to the resume. Ironically the only loss his junior year was a team wearing black and gold from Iowa. The loss came on opening day and after Big Ben led the Miami RedHawks to 13 straight wins that included wins over Bowling Green in MAC Championship game and a win over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl. Miami finished 10th in the nation that year. Roethlisberger led an offense that was second in the NCAA averaging 43 points per game. His career at Miami he threw for 10,829 yards and 84 touchdowns.

Roethlisberger said, “It was such an awesome honor to go to Miami.” “We may not have the most NFL players from the MAC, but some of the best ones that played the game have come from the MAC, and I am proud of that. We may be a small school , a small conference, but guys can make it and win Super Bowls, win championships. It’s such an awesome honor. I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and teammates and I oew them a lot.”

One person who probably still impacts Big Bens game is his former coach the late Terry Hoeppner. Ben still has “Don’t Quit” quote from Hoeppner in his locker. ” Success is failure, turned inside out. The silver tint, with clods of doubt. You never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems afar. So stick to the fight, when you’re hardest hit. It’s when things seem worse that you mustn’t quit”.  How many times has Ben showed that kind of resolve in “big games”, and life itself.

It seems if Roethlisberger can continue to fight this may not be the only Hall of Fame he sees himself in. The other one in Ohio is ready to call his name when his NFL career is over.


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