Ben Roethlisberger has recently retired, and he has some thoughts about the game that he is leaving.
“Roethlisberger recently spoke with the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette’s Ron Cook, and one of
his regrets he took with him into retirement was easy to understand.”
He believes some cultural changes had an impact.
Roethlisberger feels that the team spirit is different from what it was years ago.
It used to be about the team, but now it's about him and a bunch of other stuff.
At the end of the day, it was hard. I think people changed their attitude just because my name was on the game.
NIL is often responsible for the special treatment of athletes, he goes on to explain.
They are treated so well in college and this continues as they enter NIL.
Coaches don't have time for the generational players, who have little need for pampering.
It’s not difficult to infer what Roethlisberger was referencing. Five years ago, the Steelers were among the NFL's most explosive offenses.