The Steelers have had a ton of drama surrounding the team as of late. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are now gone but one former Steeler thinks Ben Roethlisberger could be the real problem.
Former Steelers RB Josh Harris says Ben Roethlisberger intentionally fumbled late in a 2014 game because he wanted to protest a play called by offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
The situation: It was Week 17. The Steelers had the ball with a 27-17 lead with a little over 1:00 to play. The Steelers could have just kneeled three times to run out the clock. But the coaching staff decided to call a play. That’s when, according to Harris, Roethlisberger fumbled intentionally.
“Todd Haley called a run play with very little time left in the game,” Harris said on Twitter. “Ben wanted to kneel. He rolled his eyes in the huddle. He then purposely fumbles the ball. I had to recover it. At that moment I knew what kinda person he was.”
This appears to be the play that former #Steelers running back Josh Harris claims that Ben Roethlisberger intentionally fumbled on after Ben thought they should take a knee and Haley called a run play. pic.twitter.com/Vc82NHpFKo
— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) March 11, 2019
“And I was a fan of Ben,” Harris wrote. “I was star struck when I first saw him. It was an honor to see Big Ben. Then I saw what he was. It made it sour for me. That’s why they tell you never meet your hero’s.”
Harris, who only played one season for Pittsburgh, also tweeted out a video explaining the play in question.
Harris isn’t the first RB to criticize Ben: Isaac Redman, who was there from 2009-2013, told the MMQB that there was a disconnect between Roethlisberger and teammates, particularly when it came to the QB “criticizing them publicly,” as he did with Brown late last season.
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