We’re all stressed out this week. First crack at an AFC Title game since 2010 with the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to, of all the places, dreaded New England. To hopefully put a smile on your face, I present to you the ongoing bromance between Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey.
Pouncey sat down with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews for a frankly, bubbly interview, that was vintage Pouncey, who couldn’t help but smile when asked about his quarterback.
“Man Ben, that’s my guy,” Pouncey told Matthews. “I love him more than anything. I look at Ben like a bigger brother. He took me under his wing. We’re really, really close. You would think it’s crazy from being where we’re from, different cultures and everything, but we love each other.”
As Pouncey points out, Roethilsberger is Ohio born and raised, Pouncey from Florida. But the pair formed a fast friendship and one that’s been well-documented. He’s said repeatedly, including recently to Sports Illustrated, that he’s going to walk away from the game once Ben retires. Hard to know if he’s serious, and hopefully he isn’t, but that’s the extent of the friendship.
“I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the world,” Pouncey said in the Matthews’ interview. “The things he brings every single day. The accountability he has. The way he can throw the ball, the way he leads this team. So much that he does that I think the whole Steelers’ Nation and everybody around football needs to give a lot more credit for.”
Pouncey and Roethlisberger. Two of the best, and perhaps still underappreciated, at their position. Roethlisberger looking to win a Super Bowl to cement his legacy, Pouncey looking to get to his first after an injury robbed him of that chance his rookie year.
And two guys who will be critical in toppling the Patriots Sunday evening.
Be sure to check out the whole interview over at Steelers.com which you can again do so by clicking the link here.