Quarterback rebukes suggestions he does not prepare for games.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has quashed suggestions he wants out of Pittsburgh and that he does not work hard away from structured team practices.
With report surfacing the he is unwilling to change his playing style in order to take the team forward, Roethlisberger rubbished the claims and said he wants to see out the rest of his career in black and yellow.
“First off, how does anybody know what I’m doing at home when I’m watching film or I’m looking through my playbook?” Roethlisberger said.
“Unless someone’s got cameras set up in my house and they’re spying on me, but then they’d see the truth that I am doing that stuff.
“It’s so ridiculous. I get fired up because I don’t like when people make up stuff about you, especially when you’re so passionate about your team and your family and where I want to be.”
With the Steelers season almost able to be called a write-off, with the team sitting at 3-6 entering week 11, Roethlisberger said he will be around when his current deal expires.
Roethlisberger will have two years left on his eight-year, $102 million contract after this season in a deal agreed to in 2008, when there were still two years left on his rookie pact.
He said he has not thought about his contract situation and hopes he can play his entire career for the Steelers.
“I want to stay. My family wants to stay. I want to finish my career here. I’ve always said that,” he said.
“I hope that’s very clear to everybody. When someone is a source and they’re unnamed, they have an agenda, and that agenda is not winning football games and not helping this team. And whoever the agenda is coming from, they’re not helping us. They’re hurting us.”
The Steelers will be looking to slow down Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions this weekend when they host them at Heinz Field.