Super Bowl: Ben Roethlisberger on Flozell Adams and 'America's Team'
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be trying to win their seventh Super Bowl and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger -- who will be playing for his third title -- admitted that winning in Dallas would be special.
"For me, yes, [it would be] because it would be for [former Cowboys offensive lineman] Flozell [Adams]. I want to do it for him," Roethlisberger said. "I think it'd be awesome. I know that Steelers fans and people are a little extra excited because of the old traditions and rivalries and the teams ... But for me it's about trying to win for Flo at Cowboys Stadium."
Roethlisberger was asked if that would make the Steelers "America's Team." "I think -- I should say I know -- we have the best fans. I think the fans are the ones that make you 'America's Team' or not. You can have your self-proclaimed titles or titles that people give you, but really it's how you feel and how your fans feel.
As for his multiple trips to the Super Bowl, Roethlisberger was almost reflective. "To assess all the times that I get to be up here...The first time that you do it, it's very overwhelming. ... When I see you guys, the Pittsburgh media, there's usually five or six of you guys. Now you have to sit in front of a bunch of you guys. I think you learn to get more comfortable with it and enjoy it. The first time when I went to Detroit I said it a bunch and I said it to myself: you just never know if you're going to get back. But I think deep down you're like 'I'm getting back.' Now, I think I take the approach that you just never know. This could be the last one and why not enjoy every aspect of it?"
Roethlisberger spoke again about the influence of Terry Hoeppner, his Miami (Ohio) coach who died of complications from brain cancer in 2007. "There isn't a game that goes by that I don't talk to him on the sideline." Roethlisberger was asked what his former coach would have said to him during his offseason problems. "He's family. He's a father to me. Exactly the same things that my dad did to me and said to me would have been the exact same things that he did. I still talk to Mrs. Hep and Coach's son Drew and the family. It would have been nice to have him here and have another supporter and mentor, but I know he's still lookin' down and bein' the best up there."
| February 2, 2011; 12:31 PM ET
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