Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show and was asked when the last time was that he thought a team was targeting him. He mentioned last year’s game against the San Francisc0 49ers, when he played with a sprained ankle.
“I think when we played San Fran, I felt like there were some things going on, some extra,” Roethlisberger said. “I did have the ankle and I was playing, so maybe there was kind of a bullseye on there anyway.”
Even though Roethlisberger feels like the 49ers may have been targeting him, it doesn’t look like they were.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com went back and watched every Steelers offensive play from that game against the 49ers and didn’t see any evidence of opposing defenders going after his ankle.
In the end, only the 49ers defensive players know whether or not they were targeting his injured ankle. But if there isn’t any evidence on film, I don’t believe anything was going on.
Thanks to ProFootballTalk.com for the quotes.