Ben Roethlisberger is being called "fat" by some fans, but says he's in great shape. "I guess it’s my beard that makes me look heavier. I must have five pounds in that," he says. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says he's throwing pain-free for first time in years

Ben Roethlisberger is ready for a bounce-back season in 2020 after season-ending elbow surgery in 2019.

There are doubts surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and whether or not he'll be able to return to what he once was before the surgery, but while he has many detractors, Roethlisberger says he's ready to prove them wrong in the coming months.

“I have no doubts I’m going to be able to come back and play well — none,” Roethlisberger said, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I have complete confidence in that. I’m throwing without pain for the first time in years. Some games, I would have a little pain. Some games, I would have a lot of pain. But in the New England game and the Seattle game (last season), it got to be too much. 

"To be able to throw without pain now? That feels nice. That’s a nice feeling. I know I’m not getting any younger, but I feel younger because I don’t have any pain.”

The 38-year-old Roethlisberger realizes the impact he can have on the Steelers offense in 2020 after the team went 8-8 last season without him, and he's taking the recovery process slow and steady at this point. And while his rehab is going well, he has received plenty of flak from Pittsburgh fans for "gaining weight," but Roethlisberger says he's in better shape than he has been in a long time.

“I’ve heard people say I’m fat, and that just blows my mind,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m lighter and in better shape than I was in either of the past two years. I haven’t stopped working out. I normally don’t work out in the offseason, but I’ve been doing everything five days a week with my trainer. Cardio twice a week. Legs twice a week. Upper body twice a week …

“I guess it’s my beard that makes me look heavier. I must have five pounds in that, I know. But I’m not overweight.” 

With those types of workouts, the two-time Super Bowl champion should be ready to go when the NFL season starts, and the Steelers will receive a much-needed boost to their offense. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90



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Can you name every prominent quarterback in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers?

While many quarterbacks threw passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the years, this quiz only lists the quarterbacks who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. 

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1933
Tony Holm
1934
Warren Heller
1935
Johnny Gildea
1936
Ed Matesic
1937
Max Fiske
1938
Whizzer White
1939
Hugh McCullough
1940
Billy Patterson
1941
Boyd Brumbaugh
1942
Bill Dudley
1945
Buss Warren
1946
Bill Dudley
1947
Johnny Clement
1948
Ray Evans
1949-1950
Joe Geri
1951
Chuck Ortmann
1952-1955
Jim Finks
1956
Ted Marchibroda
1957
Earl Morrall
1958-1960
Bobby Layne
1961
Rudy Bukich
1962
Bobby Layne
1963-1964
Ed Brown
1965
Bill Nelsen
1966
Ron Smith
1967
Kent Nix
1968-1969
Dick Shiner
1970-1973
Terry Bradshaw
1974
Joe Gilliam
1975-1982
Terry Bradshaw
1983
Cliff Stoudt
1984-1987
Mark Malone
1988-1990
Bubby Brister
1991-1995
Neil O'Donnell
1996
Mike Tomczak
1997-1998
Kordell Stewart
1999
Mike Tomczak
2000-2001
Kordell Stewart
2002-2003
Tommy Maddox
2004-2018
Ben Roethlisberger
2019
Mason Rudolph

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