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Fox Sports Jay Glazer took a picture of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s fitness program on Tuesday.
Glazer answered questions from The Athletic and was asked if the Steelers could become a competitor if Big Ben returned to at least 85% physical fitness after an elbow injury last year:
“First of all, let’s not combine the words fitness and Ben Roethlisberger, they are allergic to each other. There is no fitness at Ben Roethlisberger. His idea for a great interseason training program was to do a yoga session, play golf and drink it. Yes, what Mike Tomlin and Roethlisberger did there was amazing.
In March, Roethlisberger informed Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he offended the people who called him fat at a time when he is working harder than he has done in years.
“I have heard people say that I am fat, and it just scares me,” he said. “I am lighter and in better shape than in the past two years. I have not stopped training. I don’t normally train during the off-season, but I do everything five days a week with my trainer. ”
The Steelers’ official lineup lists the quarterback at 6’5 “and 240 pounds.
Pittsburgh managed to record an 8-8 record last season despite losing their franchise flagger after just two games. The team did not sign a major free agent contract or make a selection in the first round of the 2020 draft because of their exchange for Minkah Fitzpatrick of the Miami Dolphins mid-season, so the list presents the same core as last year.
The Steelers hope a healthy Roethlisberger season will push the team out of the playoffs after a brief two-year absence.