Captain no more?

By: Haley Bonner

The famous Ben Roethlisberger is no longer a captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team voted on and chose four captains, but their outstanding quarterback was not one of them. For the past two years, this quarterback has played a major role in this team’s success. Due to a few mistakes Roethlisberger has made in his life, however, his teammates do not support him as a captain.

After sexually assaulting a college student from Georgia in March, Roethlisberger has been suspended for four games and will not be returning until October 17 against the Cleveland Browns. He was initially supposed to be suspended for six games, but the suspension was reduced because he has stayed on track and is respecting the program that the league put in place. Roethlisberger cannot talk to the coaches or players and is not allowed to practice or visit the Steelers’ offices.

The quarterbacks in place of Roethlisberger are Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch. Dixon was chosen to start the opening game against the Atlanta Falcons over Batch, who has been the backup for a longtime. Batch has much more experience than Dixon, but has thrown all of two passes since 2007. Bryan Leftwich was the expected backup quarterback for the Steelers, but ended up spraining his ankle in a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

Roethlisberger has been trying to stay on track, keep out of trouble during his suspension and come back with a bang. The question is will he come back right away? Will Dixon or Batch come through for the Steelers and prove that they should be starting? The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been a very competitive team in the National Football League, and this should still continue even though Roethlisberger does not have a lead role on the football team.

Some people believe that Ben Roethlisberger did not get captain this year because of his actions off the field. Photo courtesy of Google images

  1. que es terrible!

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