So much in the NFL has changed from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dynasty of the 70s to the team we see today. Lynn Swann is the first to admit that. But Ben Roethlisberger reminds him of his playing days.
“Ben’s an anomaly, a throwback to those kind of days,” he told Steelers.com. “With Roger Staubach and Fran Tarkenton and guys scrambling around. But Ben makes things happen. He’s able to get away from a pass rush and by more time.
The receivers adjust to that. It’s an acquired skill. You don’t just find yourself in that position and suddenly your open. You have to work at getting open when the quarterback is scrambling around and make yourself visible.”
He also praised Antonio Brown, quite a compliment coming from a Hall of Famer.
“Antonio’s speed, ability to catch the ball, and make great plays, and to improvise when Ben scrambles around has had a huge impact on this football team.”
Through eight games, four with Roethlisberger, Brown has 52 catches for 718 yards and three touchdowns. He is 23 yards shy of 6,000 in his career, joining Hines Ward, John Stallworth, Heath Miller, and Louis Lipps as the only Steelers to ever break that mark.