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November 19, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
Much was made of Donovan McNabb not knowing that NFL games could end in a tie, but he may have not been the only one. Steelers Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward share their thoughts, and they are a little frightening:
Roethlisberger guessed half the league's players didn't know. Ward, a former Super Bowl MVP and an 11-season veteran, acknowledged he was among them - and he played in a tie only six years ago.
Wow, Hines Ward didn't know you could tie a game, despite the fact that he played in a tie-game in the NFL?
"No, I didn't know," Ward said. "I thought we were the last team to do it when we played the Falcons. I thought we just played it until you have a winner or something. It's kind of weird now that you can still tie ballgames."
Wait, so he thought they changed the rule after the Steelers and Falcons tied in 2002? Simply stunning.
More from Big Ben:
"I think people are making too big a deal and are being too hard on Donovan because you'd be surprised, I bet at least 50 percent of the league didn't know that at the time," Roethlisberger said. "You'd be real surprised. I think people just assume that the quarterback should know it all and that everyone should know that stuff and it's not necessarily true because who ever thinks about that stuff?"
Who thinks about that stuff?
I don't know, maybe people who are paid millions of dollars to play in the NFL? You’d think in a profession where wins and losses are so important, people would be more aware that there was a third option, too.
(H/T: The 700 Level)