Originally posted on Denver Post  |  Last updated 1/4/12

As the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who has played in three Super Bowls, and also been involved in his share of embarrassing off-field moments, Ben Roethlisberger is accustomed to dealing with the pros and cons of life in the public eye.

But even Big Ben seemed astounded by the attention _ both good and bad _ paid to Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

“”It’s got to be tough,” Roethlisberger said during a conference call today with the Denver media. “”Every time you turn it on, you see something about Tebow. I can only imagine what it’s like for his teammates. Just watching today, it’s the Steelers versus Tim Tebow. No, it’s the Steelers versus the Broncos, so I can only imagine what it’s like for him with all the eyes and the attention on him and the pressure. It can’t be fun. I feel for him a little bit.”

Roethlisberger’s Steelers fac Tebow’s Broncos this Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in a first-round AFC playoff game. Winner moves on to play either New England or Baltimore; loser is finished for the season.

Roethlisberger added there’s not much Tebow can do to stifle the attention on him.

“”I don’t think Tim’s really calling ESPN and asking them to talke about him,” Roethlisberger said. “”I would assume his teammates understand it. It’s a tough thing. It’s the position we play.”

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