Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/24/13
Two-time Super Bowl Champion Ben Roethlisberger has a message for the young second year quarterbacks who had substantial success in their first year: ‘do it again.' then come talk to him. Roethlisberger knows firsthand about immediate success, stepping in the second game of the 2004 season as a rookie and taking his team to the AFC Championship game. He knows the elation and the sense that 'I’ll be here doing this for a while,' but it doesn’t quite work that way. They call him Big Ben for a reason; he’s 6’5, 250 pounds and can take a beating and keep coming back.  Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson are entering their second year as shining young stars, but remember Cam Newton in 2011? After wowing the NFL, his high expectations got away from him as fast as Carolina’s season, one that had him predicting the Super Bowl for the team at the beginning. Newton wilted under the pressure. A great leader in his rookie season, he sulked as Carolina’s 2012 season began to go south, and by the time the season ended, he was on everyone’s radar tp be questioned about his leadership abilities. The three second-year QB’s mentioned face the daunting task of expectations. It’s never as easy as it looked the first time around. Teams are spending a lot of time on the read-option offenses RG3 and Wilson run. They're bringing in college coaches to help show them how to defend it, and teams are drafting a specific style of player to stop it. Andrew Luck, who had the lowest numbers of the three, maybe the one built to last. A true pocket passer, Luck led the three in interceptions, but he has much room to improve and won’t have to run out of the pocket and exposed himself to big hits. Wilson’s arm is great; he throws on the run accurately and is effective in the pocket, but again - teams are looking for that read-option. How will he react? RG3 learned that running reckless will just get him hurt, so being in the pocket more will show if he can protect himself by navigating the offense from within it. As for Roethlisberger, it’s show me, don’t just tell me. "People ask me all the time about these young quarterbacks," Roethlisberger said, via Jared Bell of USA Today. "Let's wait. One year does not mean a lot in this league. Let's see what happens in two, three years." "I'm not trying to take anything away from them. I think they did some great things last year, and they all have the potential to be great quarterbacks. But you don't want people to jump on their bandwagon so fast and put so much pressure on them to live up to those expectations. My advice to them is to keep doing what you're doing; playing as hard as you can because people will keep trying to build you up and it could get tough."    
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