By Evan Bleier / March 15, 2019

Is Big Ben Actually the Big Problem in Pittsburgh?

Two ex-Steelers tell Sports Illustrated Roethlisberger is killing the Steeler locker room.

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

With Antonio Brown on the Raiders and Le’Veon Bell on the Jets, the only member of the “Killer B’s” who remains on the Pittsburgh Steelers is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

And, as a pair of former Steelers tell Sports Illustrated, Pittsburgh continuing to roll with Big Ben could be a big problem.

According to Josh Harris, who played his only NFL season with the Steelers, Roethlisberger intentionally fumbled a ball during the 2014 season because he didn’t like the play call which had come in from the sidelines.

“At that moment I knew what kinda person he was,” Harris wrote in response to a blog post that called the All-Pro quarterback a “real locker room problem.”

The biggest reason for that, Harris said, is Big Ben doesn’t make an effort to know his teammates.

“Ben is a great player but he doesn’t try to connect with teammates,” Harris told SI. “During my time there, I had conversations with vets like, Heath Miller, William Gay, Cam Heyward, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Will Allen, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, Bruce Gradkowski, even James Harrison, but never Ben. Troy made an effort to talk guys. Not Ben though. And it was like that for others too.”

Another former Steeler,Isaac Redman, corroborated some of what Harris had to say but did stop short of saying the veteran QB was a full-blown problem.

“I think everybody has different personalities,” Redman said. “Could he have done more to bring guys together? Yes, but he was never a problem in the locker room. I don’t think he shied away from guys, I just think he was really careful about who he surrounded himself with.”

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