Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was interviewed for the Post-Gazette’s Sunday edition, and spoke openly about losing Super Bowl XLV to the Packers in February. The QB says that it’s a loss that will not go away quietly.
“I want to see that every day. It hurts a lot,” Roethlisberger told the paper. “To see that every day is just motivation for me to work out, to bust my butt to not let it happen again because I want to be a champion. And, right now, I’m not a champion.
“The first loser, and that kills me,” added Roethlisberger. “Until I can get back to that point (winning a Super Bowl title), I want to remember the pain, and it’s going to burn in me until we can get back and win one. If it never happens, I’ll be killed, but I’m going to do my best to get back there.”
Roethlisberger went on to tell the paper that his goal is to become the quarterback with the most Super Bowl rings. Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana both have four rings, with current Pats QB Tom Brady with three.
“I want to get one more than anybody else,” Roethlisberger said. “This would have been a great step, but now I feel I took a step back. This will haunt me until I can win another one. And it’ll still probably haunt me a little bit. But until I win another one, it’ll haunt me a lot.”
The QB said he is hoping to have at least three more shots at the Lombardi Trophy, like he did in his first eight NFL seasons. “That’s what I want to be known for — winning games, winning Super Bowls.”