Ben Roethlisberger backs Jay Cutler

Updated: February 1, 2011, 11:42 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- No stranger to controversy -- albeit for much different reasons -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger offered advice to embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Tuesday at Super Bowl media day.

"Well I don't know Jay very well but I would just tell him to just keep your head up," Roethlisberger said. "You know your body, you know what you're going through, you know all those things. People are going to attack you for whatever reason if he's hurt or not. I think he just needs to keep his head up and stay focused on what he needs to do to get healthy and get ready for another season because that's all he can do is to get ready for the next day and the next season."

Cutler was forced to exit the NFC Championship Game in the third quarter due to a sprained MCL. Immediately after the quarterback left the contest, current and former NFL players began to question the extent of Cutler's injury and his toughness via Twitter and other social media outlets.

Roethlisberger took issue with the backlash Cutler receiver from peers around the league.

"We talk so much about a fraternity, and especially quarterbacks, I don't think I ever have or I ever will talk negatively about a quarterback, just because you know what you go through and you know what they go through," Roethlisberger said. "So you kind of expect NFL players to feel the same way in general, but everyone is opinionated and you're allowed to have that opinion in this country, and that's what is awesome about the country. That's why I won't say anything about Jay because he's a quarterback and I know what he's going through and it's tough. Especially in a city that is passionate about sports, which Chicago obviously is, very passionate."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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