Pittsburgh Steelers long-time franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may be embarking on his final season with the Steelers, the final of his 17-season career, and throughout that time has instilled his own form of leadership in the team.
“We had guys on that team that were veteran leaders, that were the voices that kept me from having to come in right away and saying, ‘hey, this is my team. This is how I do it’”, Roethlisberger reflected, during an appearance on the Along for the Ride podcast (h/t Steelers Depot). “I think that’s one of the key things to being a leader, is knowing who you have around you, knowing how to speak to guys, how to motivate guys, how to communicate with guys”.
“I learned that as I got older. I learned how to communicate with guys, how to lead guys”, he explained. “Each guy in my line or on a team needs to be led, communicated with, differently. So when you come in as a rookie, if I would’ve come in hollering at these guys, like ‘this is my team’, they would’ve—I don’t know what would’ve happened. They would’ve put me in my place pretty quick”.
Roethlisberger is hoping to lead his team to one final run to a Super Bowl next season.