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Remember all those rumors about what a jerk Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was during his early years in Pittsburgh? They apparently were true.

whose close relationship with Roethlisberger arguably contributed to the team’s decision to “retire” Arians five years ago,Former Steelers assistant Bruce Arians, explains in The Quarterback Whisperer that Young Ben was a big problem for the Pittsburgh Steelers — and that one key moment changed things.

as if all the stories that documented the greatness of ‘Big Ben’ had gone to his head,” Arians writes. “He wasn’t signing as many autographs for teammates as he should; some days he would sign,“During the [2005] season Ben often acted immature, some days he wouldn’t.”

with playoff hopes dwindling, several veterans addressed the team. Linebacker Joey Porter, according to Arians,adidas Martin Jones jersey,Late in the year, Roethlisberger instantly “became a different person” and “grew up fast.”,Authentic adidas Alex Pietrangelo jersey, singled out Roethlisberger with “blunt language,adidas Vladimir Tarasenko jersey,” telling the quarterback that he “needed to be ‘one of us.'” Per Arians

but the anecdote from Arians confirms that Roethlisberger was once on the Ryan Leaf track and that, to Roethlisberger’s credit,Some would argue that the change was neither immediate nor permanent, he changed. Eventually if not immediately.

Ask some of the younger Pittsburgh Steelers players how veteran outside linebacker James Harrison does what he does and they'll struggle to give you an answer.

" defensive tackle Javon Hargrave said of Harrison in a video posted by the Steelers on Twitter (see above). "He's really different. You can't even explain it,"He's always working, to be honest. I can't even tell you what he do because he do so much."

Harrison turned 39 years old in May. It has been several years since his last Pro Bowl appearance, but he is still performing at an extremely high level. The former undrafted rookie has not lost the work ethic that first allowed him to break into the NFL back in 2002.

" Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt said. "He's making plays like he's our age still. And he says he's still better. That's the crazy part,"He's running out there as if he's like our age still, too."

a Kent State product, is coming off a season in which he started seven of the 15 games in which he appeared. He finished his 2016 campaign with five sacks,Authentic adidas Martin Jones jersey,Authentic adidas Brent Burns jersey,Harrison,adidas Brent Burns jersey,adidas Alex Pietrangelo jersey, bringing his career total up to 81.5. He also recorded his 33rd forced fumble and intercepted the eighth pass of his career.

Now heading into his 15th season (14th with the Steelers),Authentic adidas Vladimir Tarasenko jersey,Authentic adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey, Harrison is slated to start and is expected to add to those totals in 2017.

" Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree said,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey, "he still works like us,"Even at the age he is now, like he's trying to prove a point."

Tuitt and Dupree are all 24 years old. Although they're in peak physical condition,Hargrave, they'll look to their nearly 40-year-old teammate to lead the way this season.

Harrison has already won two Super Bowls with the Steelers and is now trying to guide his younger teammates to their first championship.
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