This was Big Ben's time to shine

Ben Roethlisberger's performance on the Steelers' winning drive put the caretaker label to rest, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: February 1, 2009
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- He walked into an interview room, still clutching the last football used in Super Bowl XLIII.

A good 20 minutes had passed since Ben Roethlisberger took the final snap to run out the clock on Pittsburgh's 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. But Roethlisberger hadn't let go of the ball -- and he won't.

"I gave the last one to Jerome [Bettis],'' Roethlisberger said. "I'm keeping this one.''

If ever there was a gesture that symbolized a game, it was Roethlisberger's ...

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