McRapey went back to work for the first time yesterday and did the thing he does second best.
As mad as Steelers fans might have been with Ben Roethlisberger over the latest of his sexual allegations, they welcomed him with open arms yesterday… and didn’t regret having done so after his performance, leading the Steelers to a 28-10 victory over the Browns.
“I had a little bit of tears in my eyes,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t think it hit me until I was pullin into the stadium. I started to think about it and everything, and then on the field before the game, I got a little emotional. I felt like it was a pretty good day. I felt like I left a lot of plays out there, missed some things here and there.”
He came in, took control of the huddle as he always does,” said Hines Ward, who caught one of the three TD passes, the others going to Mike Wallace and Heath Miller. “One thing about him, you look into his eyes, you know you have a chance to win the ballgame.”
Roethlisberger made a point of giving each of his teammates – and even the ball boys – a hug during the pregame warmups. Then he went out and completed 16-of-27 for 257 yards, getting sharper as the game went on. He admitted he was “antsy” early, overthrowing his receiver for a second-quarter interception.
Let’s not test the “third time’s the charm” theory, m’kay McRapey?