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Big Ben uses Steelers’ six titles to fire back at Julian Edelman criticism

Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t about to allow Julian Edelman to criticize the Pittsburgh Steelers organization without firing back a response. And the Steelers signal-caller cited the franchise’s esteemed championship pedigree to react to the New England Patriots wide receiver’s comments.

Edelman started things by making an unflattering comment about the Steelers in the wake of the controversy surrounding Antonio Brown sharing a post-game locker room video in which head coach Mike Tomlin referred to the Patriots as “a–holes.”

“That’s how that team is run,” Edelman said.

Roethlisberger, when asked to react to Edelman’s barb, pointed out that the Steelers have been long considered one of the NFL’s model organizations under the Rooney family’s leadership. The six Super Bowl titles don’t hurt their reputation as a successful and well-run team, either.

“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said, via Pro Football Talk. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”

Tomlin blasted Brown for posting the locker room video to Facebook Live, adding the wide receiver would be punished for his social media mishap. Roethlisberger also condemned Brown for his decision to post the video. Brown has since apologized for his actions.

The Patriots have taken the high road in public comments concerning the controversy. But that does not mean the Pats won’t use the video as added motivation heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, although with a Super Bowl berth on the line, added motivation arguably should be unnecessary.