“If you’re gonna tell me that Ben Roethlisberger is not an elite quarterback then you don’t know what you’re talking about!” — HOF player, former NFL head coach and current football analyst Mike Ditka on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show, February 2009.Charting each of the players’ moves with stopwatches and clipboards, scouts watched them lift weights, jump, sprint and run agility drills before congregating in Yager Stadium for the main event: Ben throws. Everything I get to do, meet all these coaches…it’s a dream coming true. I have to pinch myself and make sure it’s true.” Ben ran 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
After a season-opening loss at Iowa, Ben was dominant.
He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes and set just about every Miami passing record, some of which he had broken before.
Ben’s beloved coach had passed away that June after losing his battle with brain cancer. He brought out the best in me every week.” — Ben on the day of his jersey retirement ceremony, talking about his beloved college coach, Terry Hoeppner.
It was fitting that Ben and Coach Hoeppner shared the focus. The Pro-Day Workout of former Red Hawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the main attraction on March 25th, 2004.
He followed that with a solid second season as a starter in ’02, throwing for 3,238 yards and 22 TD’s.