Ben Roethlisberger hit the campaign trail hard Tuesday, pushing his agenda and vision for the future.
It includes no Donald Trump rallies, merely a desire to make touchdowns great again with a plan that calls for lots and lots of two-point conversions.
“I think we should go for it every time,” Roethlisberger said before the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first minicamp of the week (via TribLive.com). “Why not? If we do it every day, and if we’re 50 percent … there’s your 14 points.”
He has a point (two of them). It would spice up the game and probably wouldn’t hurt the team too much. After all, the Steelers were successful on 72.7 percent of their two-point attempts (8-of-11) last season.
“Put it in our hands,” Roethlisberger said. “I want the ball and I think any player would relish that opportunity. … When we get into that situation, we feel extremely confident. It’s not about if we’re going to do it. It’s about, ‘What play do we pick?'”
The night before games, the Steelers and Roethlisberger pick their seven favorite plays “going from one to seven,” Roethlisberger said. Maybe everyone should be so prepared, especially after the extra-point spot was moved back 13 yards last season.
“I think a lot depends on the team that we’re playing, what kind of team we are, where we are, the environment, the elements, things like that,” Roethlisberger said. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if we [went] for it even more than we did last year.”
On Tuesday, the quarterback was only too happy to talk about football and to clarify that he will not be speaking at the Republican Convention next month in Cleveland. Trump, the presumptive presidential nominee, had said he wanted a “winners’ evening” of sports champions, like Roethlisberger, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and UFC president Dana White, to address the convention rather than politicians. Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he would not attend the convention or endorse or speak for a candidate.
With a laugh, Roethlisberger reiterated that Tuesday: “I’m not getting into politics during my playing career.”