NFL Insider Jay Glazer reveals a scary truth about Ben Roethlisberger’s workout routine. Here’s why his lack of effort is bad news for the Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger has taken on a certain persona this offseason. Once looked at as a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and one of the faces of the NFL, that face has changed drastically in just a matter of months. Now, the Steelers quarterback has been mostly in the news for his Grizzly Adams beard, his questionable health, and pictures that we can’t tell are fabricated or not.
However, the most recent news on Ben Roethlisberger is far from encouraging. It has to do with his offseason workout routine (or lack thereof). Pittsburgh radio personality, Andrew Fillipponi, captured a snippet of Jay Glazer’s comments on Big Ben’s workout routine, and it wasn’t good:
Glazer, an NFL Insider and member of the Fox Sports team, did not have kind things to say about Ben’s offseason regimen. According to Glazer’s comments, there is no extensive training, exercise, or rehabbing to be mentioned. However, he did mention that Roethlisberger’s daily routine consists of doing one yoga session, playing golf, and drinking beer.
Glazer went as far as to say “let’s not put the words fitness and Ben Roethlisberger together” and that they are “allergic to each other.”
This is clearly not the promising insight Steelers fans have been waiting to hear. And if this is true, it’s more than concerning. We’ve seen dedicated players like Ryan Shazier put their bodies on the line for this sport they love and go through extensive rehab to try to get back to good health. Roethlisberger’s ‘workout routine’ is an embarrassment to players like Shazier and a storied Pittsburgh franchise.
Ben is earning $23.75 million in 2019 and is set to be the highest-paid player in the league next season with a cap hit of $41.25 million, according to Over the Cap. If Roethlisberger were to show that he’s got nothing left in the tank after his elbow surgery, the Steelers cannot get out of his contract until at least next season – and even then, there will be a $22.25 million dead money hit.
If this really is how Ben Roethlisberger is spending his time in the offseason, then he ought to be embarrassed by himself and guilty of all of the money he’s raking in while some of his teammates are breaking their backs to be in top football shape.
There’s a chance that Ben Roethlisberger returns to the field and looks like he did a few years ago. If that’s the case, then none of this will matter. However, if he looks fat, slow, and out of shape in September, then Steelers fans have a right to be furious with the lack of effort he was putting in during the offseason.