Ben Roethlisberger believes Le’Veon Bell deserves MVP consideration
If Ben Roethlisberger had an MVP vote, he’d throw his support behind teammate Le’Veon Bell, the AFC’s reigning Offensive Player of the Week.
The Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller was asked on Wednesday about how running backs this season could reverse the trend of quarterbacks routinely winning the MVP. Roethlisberger said if a running back is going to be named MVP for the first time since Adrian Peterson in 2012, Bell should get the nod over the others, including a certain standout Dallas Cowboys rookie.
Ben Roethlisberger on Le’Veon Bell in the MVP race: ‘I put my vote for 26 any day.’ pic.twitter.com/e3bVgdkWqY
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 14, 2016
“I think they at least deserve to be in the conversation, at least my guy,” Roethlisberger said, via CBS Sports. “I know what Ezekiel (Elliott) has done, but I put my vote for 2-6 any day.”
Bell is coming off a brilliant performance in Week 14, amassing 298 all-purpose yards — with a franchise-record 236 yards coming on the ground — in Pittsburgh’s 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Despite missing the first three games this season due to a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Bell’s 1,053 rushing yards is fourth-best in the NFL and he’s tops in the league in yards-per-game average.
Bell is getting hot at the right time, too, scoring seven touchdowns in the past five games. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been getting it done all season since his suspension. Only Jim Brown has had more yards from scrimmage after a season’s first ten games (1,704 in 1963) than Bell’s 1,616 so far this year.
Perhaps even more impressive, Bell is on pace to enjoy the second-best season in NFL history with a 161.1 average scrimmage yards per game.
In other words, even if Bell isn’t garnering MVP consideration at the moment, the case can be made — and Big Ben would agree — that he most certainly deserves it, even if quarterbacks have won the award eight of the past nine seasons and 17 times in the past 22.