Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 2/15/12

Ben Roethlisberger is already working out at the Steelers facility.  This is something new for Big Ben.  He never gets to work this early.  Roethlisberger is about to turn 30 though on March 2nd and says “That’s why I’m working out already.” 

Roethlisberger is worried about how many years he may have left if he does not stay in shape.  He is working with the Steelers strength coach to get himself ready for next season. 

“I’m hoping that I’m just starting in my prime. I’ve already been working out with [Garrett Giemont], our strength coach, already. I’ve never worked out this early. It’s not like high-intensity, out killing myself, but I’m working out, I want to come to camp lighter than I’ve ever come, in better shape, because as you get to a certain point, a certain age in this football thing, your body doesn’t recover like it used to.”  said Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger also has another motivating factor.  He saw Eli Manning win his second Super Bowl this year.  Roethlisberger wants to be the best QB out of this class.  He is racing Eli for that crown as Phillip Rivers puts up stats but does not win.  So Roethlisberger is pushing himself to get better saying,  “Now that Eli has tied me with his second, I have to try to get back up on him. So I have a little extra motivation.”

Roethlisberger also plans on getting together with his receivers this offseason.  The more time they spend together the better.  With these three weapons in Todd Haley’s offense the sky is the limit.  This will be the most talent Haley has ever had and they are all young and still coachable. 

I am glad to see this from Roethlisberger.  If he comes in next season in great shape and is ready to play he should have his best year ever.  He has had some of his most consistent seasons when he has been in shape.  When he came back from suspension 2 years ago he was in shape and only threw 5 interceptions.  This attitude is just what Ben needs to have. It will do well for him and the Steelers.

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