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BenPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to have another big season this year. The 33 year old’s approach to the offseason has changed. He now prefers rest over workouts so he can go hard at training camp. “I don’t really train in the offseason to the extent a lot of guys do,”Roethlisberger said. “The best thing for me to do is let my body rest in the offseason. I need that at the end of a long season. Then, when I get here, to camp, is when I really kick it in gear. At a younger age, I busted my butt to be in great shape when I got here. But let’s be real about it—we’ve got a long camp this year (with the Hall of Fame game). I can spend this month of camp getting into great shape. Rather than bust on my knees and roethlisbergerankles in the off-season, I spend the time I need here, and I’m going to be good once the season starts.”

He also changed his diet and is putting an emphasis on personal health. “My wife cooks, we have a chef that cooks, and I’ve had a blood test telling me which foods I digest well and don’t digest well,” Roethlisberger said. “So I’ve paid attention to that. I’m in bed before 10 o’clock most nights anyway. But the lifestyle isn’t brand new to me the last couple of years.”

Last season, Roethlisberger tied for the league lead in passing yards (4,952), had 32 touchdowns, and only nine interceptions. We should expect a big year from Ben this upcoming season. Running back Le’Veon Bell is praising the quarterback. “Ben is a lot more confident in his arm now,” Bell said. “It’s crazy to hear that but when I was training with him in the offseason, when we were in Athens (Georgia), when he was thowing the ball he wants to throw a lot more deep balls now because he feels like his arm is stronger. It’s crazy. I didn’t really realize last year that he wasn’t, I’m mean he was confident but coming into this year he’s even more confident. He says his shoulder feels a lot better. His whole throwing motion. Whoever he’s been working with obviously has him feeling a lot more confident, and I’m excited about that. You want your quarterback being confident in the huddle all the time. I’m excited for him. He’s been out here looking great.”0288543001426276971_filepicker

The Steelers averaged 27.3 points per game last season and stated goal for the offense this season is to surpass 30 points per game. With Roethlisberger in the form he’s in and the high level of talent surrounding him on offense, the goal could very well be within reach. This could be Big Ben’s MVP season.

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