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Former Steelers RB Calls Out Ben Roethlisberger on Social Media

It’s not a stretch to state that a giant portion of the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base still isn’t over the Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers. Former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had a key fumble in that loss, doesn’t appear to be over it either.

Mendenhall took to Twitter over NFL Divisional weekend to share some thoughts on the game. Most notably, Mendenhall called out former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership.

“If @_BigBen7 is the “leader” you say he is, why hasn’t HE taken credit for the fall?” Mendenhall asked in a tweet while including a chin scratching emoji. “What manager of a company goes to HIDE in the shadows when the results come in? We win it’s him, lose it’s me… or Tomlin huh..”

Mendenhall also included a 3-minute clip from Any Given Sunday in the social media post.

If @_BigBen7 is the “leader” you say he is, why hasn’t HE taken credit for the fall? 🤔 What manager of a company goes to HIDE in the shadows when the results come in? We win it’s him, lose it’s me… or Tomlin huh..

Any Given Sunday: Steamin Willie Beamin https://t.co/QZthSkexRF

— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) January 23, 2023

Mendenhall Calls Out Roethlisberger

Presumably, by “the fall”, Mendenhall meant the Super Bowl loss in February 2011.

Roethlisberger didn’t play particularly well, throwing 2 first-half interceptions, including a pick-six  in the first quarter of that Super Bowl defeat. With two minutes left in the first half, the Steelers trailed by 18 points.

But Roethlisberger appeared to be rallying the Steelers for a comeback. He threw a touchdown pass to Hines Ward before halftime, and then Mendenhall scored on an 8-yard run in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth, the Steelers were driving again, approaching the red zone, with an opportunity to take the lead with another touchdown.

That opportunity, though, ended with Mendenhall fumbling around the Packers 35-yard line. Green Bay scored shortly thereafter to reclaim an 11-point lead.

The Steelers still didn’t give up and had their chances in the fourth quarter. But the comeback effort fell short in a 31-25 loss.

Roethlisberger, who posted 263 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the loss, had this to say about his performance against Green Bay:

“I don’t put the blame on anybody but myself,” Roethlisberger said. “I feel like I let the city of Pittsburgh down, the fans, my coaches, my teammates. It’s not a good feeling.”

Whether or not Roethlisberger was sincere with that answer could be debated. All 3 of Pittsburgh’s giveaways during that Super Bowl proved costly in the loss.

But given those comments and his place in Steelers history, Pittsburgh fans on Twitter didn’t react too kindly to Mendenhall’s tweet criticizing Roethlisberger.

Ben took blame after the loss, said he let Steelers fans down even though YOU fumbled in the key moment of the game. Hide? Heck you are the quitter. He has rings on his fingers. The race card goes both ways and your comments over the years show your prejudice.

— John Lindsey (@jdlindsey1972) January 23, 2023

You know what’s weird, Rashard? Literally yesterday I found your jersey in a box in the back of my closet while looking for clothes to donate. It didn’t even make the “donate” box and went right to the trash bag.

And then I read this today. Weird, right?

Enjoy your life.

— Bill Rehkopf (@BillRehkopf) January 23, 2023

It’s been 13 years move on my man. It’s OK you’re jealous of Ben we get it.

— Seth Shenk (@Shenk77) January 23, 2023

Keep my QBs name out your mouth pic.twitter.com/tawusFDPtg

— Shawn Block (@_shawncb) January 23, 2023

Mendenhall Responds to Backlash, Remembers Super Bowl Win

The former Steelers running back probably won’t have time to answer all of his critics on Twitter, but he did respond to one who posted a picture of his Super Bowl fumble.

None of you f-words play football.

At this level…

On this night.

This very play. He’s an invisible defender… he’s accounted f——oR•

🏈. https://t.co/4lxIebvJml

— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) January 23, 2023

But before diving into the Super Bowl loss and Roethlisberger, Mendenhall actually had quite a few positive tweets over the weekend.

On January 18, he retweeted a video of the Troy Polamalu pick-six from the 2009 AFC Championship Game. That day marked the 14th anniversary of the win that sent Pittsburgh to its seventh Super Bowl.

14 years ago today…

More highlights on https://t.co/XL7UQsbZDF pic.twitter.com/jqjwWMEo48

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 18, 2023

On January 21, Mendenhall tweeted a photo of himself appearing to carry some of his teammates’ shoulder pads with the caption, “Earned my stripes.”

Earned my stripes. @steelers #SB43 pic.twitter.com/za21etdmk8

— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) January 21, 2023

The former running back also tweeted a picture of his Super Bowl XLIII ring.

This ring. #RB34 https://t.co/ccrxPsHyTP pic.twitter.com/NOFSUp849k

— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) January 23, 2023

Mendenhall was a rookie on the 2008 Steelers. He played four games that season before suffering a fractured shoulder, which landed him on injured reserve for the rest of the year.

Mendenhall didn’t play after September that season but still earned a Super Bowl ring because football is a team sport.

Organizations win Super Bowls as a team. They should lose them as one as well.

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