Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Can America Accept That Big Ben Is One Of The Greats..... Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/rock-report/2011/02/can-america-accept-that-big-

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As we approach the end of the NFL regular season, it is time to look back on the bigger stories of the year 2010. Of course locally the surprising year of the Chicago Bears finishing at 11-5 and making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game only to fall to their division "rival" from Green Bay. Some might consider the biggest story from the 2010 NFL season the return of a much improved and polished quarterback in Michael Vick. A man who proved that when given a second chance, anyone can turn around their life for the better.

Then there is the story of Ben Roethlisberger who is one step away from winning his third Super Bowl title at the age of 28. Earlier this year "Big Ben" was accused of raping a 20 year old Georgia College and State University student inside a women's restroom at the Capital City Nightclub in Milledgeville, Georgia. Although never charged with a crime, he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for six games without pay which was subsequently reduced to four games.

The buildup to Sunday's Super Bowl will indeed include the conversation about Ben Roethlisberger and what exactly happened on that one night in March. However if indeed the Pittsburgh Steelers go on to win Super Bowl XLV, is America ready to accept that "Big Ben" and all his baggage is the best quarterback in the game?


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