Roethlisberger on Eli Manning benching: ‘That could be me’

By Rachel Wold
Nov 16, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks on against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 40-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning got benched on Tuesday and Geno Smith will start in his place. The NFL news world has been anything by quiet with numerous reactions to Manning’s surprise benching.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who comes from Manning’s 2004 draft class, has also spoken up.

“It sparks the reality that that could be me,” Roethlisberger said, via Ed Bouchette of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday. “They could do that to me next year or whenever, who knows?”

Big Ben continued.

“It’s eye-opening that you have to take every play, every game, don’t take it for granted, take it for what it is because you never know when you’re done.”

Despite the Steelers sitting at 9-2, Roethlisberger has had some struggles as well this season. One game in particular came back in Week 5 when Big Ben threw five interceptions against the Jaguars.

Big Ben is correct in saying nothing should be taken for granted. At this time, Roethlisberger has yet to commit to playing in 2018. The Steelers as well as the Giants must prepare for football beyond their first-round quarterbacks each team selected 14 years ago.