Mike Tomlin: Ben Roethlisberger ‘needs to be shining example’ for young Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says quarterback Ben Roethisberger needs to set an example in training camp for all of the team’s young players.

“He needs to be what his teammates need him to be, formally and informally, on the field and off,” Tomlin said to Steelers.com. “Not only is he a capable player, but he’s a veteran one. He understands the drill, what we’re doing here and what we aspire to do. He needs to be a shining example of all of those things for our young players.

When Steelers training camp begins July 26, Tomlin wants Roethlisberger to provide the young players with whatever they need to succeed.

“Different people need different things from him,” Tomlin said. “He’s got to provide them what it is they need. Maybe it’s a pat on the back, maybe it’s a kick in the butt, maybe it’s individually, maybe it’s collectively.

“He and I spent a lot of time talking about those things, and he understands it. It’s a very complex balancing act, but one that I think is done naturally for those that play that position. The men who play that position, particularly as long as he has, understand what comes with it.”

Roethlisberger threw for 3,265 yards and 26 touchdowns in 13 games last season. Coming off an 8-8 record, the Steelers are hopeful Roethlisberger can stay healthy this year.  He had minor surgery on his right knee June 5, but is expected to be ready for camp.

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