I said it in April when the wounds from an out-of-control night in Milledgeville, Ga., still were fresh and oozing. I'll say it again now that the Steelers are headed to Super Bowl XLV to play the Green Bay Packers Feb. 6. The Rooneys made the right call by standing behind Ben Roethlisberger after he was accused of sexual assault in March by a 20-year-old college student. It was right because Roethlisberger is a franchise quarterback, sure. You might have heard one is hard to replace. But it also was right because Roethlisberger looked the Rooneys in the eyes and promised to be a changed, better person. From what I can tell, he has kept his word. He has lived up to their trust. Good for him. Good for them. Good for the team.
"I'm proud of the way he picked himself up and acted like the man he really is," team president Art Rooney II said Sunday night after the Steelers hung on to beat the New York Jets in the AFC championship game.