Maurkice Pouncey on Ben Roethlisberger: ‘I love him more than anything’
Maurkice Pouncey made it plain this week that his bromance with Ben Roethlisberger is still going strong after all these years.
The veteran Pittsburgh Steelers center gushed over the quarterback during an interview with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews.
Put plainly, Pouncey has nothing but love for Big Ben.
“Man Ben, that’s my guy,” Pouncey said, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “I love him more than anything. I look at Ben like a bigger brother. He took me under his wing. We’re really, really close. You would think it’s crazy from being where we’re from, different cultures and everything, but we love each other.”
The two formed a special bond — as centers and quarterbacks often do — over their years together in Pittsburgh despite coming from completely different backgrounds. Beyond their friendship, Pouncey admires Roethlisberger for his professionalism and devotion to his teammates and the Steelers organization.
“I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the world,” Pouncey continued. “The things he brings every single day. The accountability he has. The way he can throw the ball, the way he leads this team. So much that he does that I think the whole Steelers’ Nation and everybody around football needs to give a lot more credit for.”
Pouncey’s loyalty to Roethlisberger was made abundantly clear when stating he plans on retiring at the same time as his longtime teammate.
“I say all the time: The moment he walks away, I’m walking right behind him,” Pouncey said of Roethlisbeger earlier this month. “You get so used to playing with that type, man, and I don’t know if I’m ready to walk into a huddle with another quarterback. I don’t think I’ll ever be.”
Roethlisberger is 34 while Pouncey is only 27. Given Big Ben’s legendary toughness and renowned ability to come back from injury, Pouncey’s pledge to retire at the same time probably won’t cut his career short by any significant measure.
In other words, look for these two best buddies to be involved on snap exchanges for many years to come.