Ben Roethlisberger’s son received James Conner jersey for Christmas
Ben Roethlisberger may be currently among the most revered Pittsburgh Steelers players, but he’s not even the most favorite Steeler in his own home, apparently.
Roethlisberger took to Twitter on Christmas night to share how son Benjamin Jr. received a James Conner jersey as a gift, which was exactly what the six-year-old wanted.
Looks like #Santa brought Benjamin Jr. exactly what he asked for! More #Christmas photos: https://t.co/ZbmfpbeSjY @JamesConner_ @steelers @SteelersUnite pic.twitter.com/0cUJY0NKY5— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) December 26, 2018
It turns out Ben Jr. is a huge Conner backer, although the same can be said about most Steelers fans given how the inspiring 23-year-old running back so capably replaced Le’Veon Bell in the Steelers’ offense this season.
Ben Jr.’s choice of Conner as his favorite Steeler started early on this season. Roethlisberger shared as much all the way back in October during an airing of his weekly radio show.
“‘When I come home and play catch with my son and every time he catches it he’s you!’” Big Ben said of a text exchange with Conner, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
With the Christmas holiday out of the way, the Steelers will begin preparations in earnest for a critical showdown with Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday’s season finale.
Currently slotted as the eighth seed in the AFC playoff picture, the Steelers (8-6-1) need to both beat the Bengals and have the Ravens lose to the Browns in Baltimore to punch their postseason ticket by way of an AFC North title.
Alternatively, the Steelers can qualify for the playoffs with a win and a tie between the Titans and Colts in their Week 17 showdown, a highly unlikely outcome, obviously. Despite the long shot, it would make the Steelers the No. 6 seed in the AFC.
It remains unclear if Conner, who has missed the Steelers’ past three games due to an ankle injury, will suit up Sunday. The Steelers, not to mention Ben Jr. and all the team’s fans, obviously hope that’s the case.