Santonio Holmes: Ben Roethlisberger is “10 Times Better” Than Manning & Brady



CTE has gone from an unknown entity to one of the most talked about subjects in sports. Scientists and researchers have figured out that it stems from repeated brain impact and trauma over time, also known as playing football, but they still are looking for ways to identity early signs. Look no further, because Santonio Holmes is a flashing beacon.

Leading up to Super Bowl 50 , Holmes, the former Steelers WR and Super Bowl MVP sat down for an interview with to which when it came to his former longtime QB Ben Roethisberger saying –

“How do you consider [Roethlisberger] an underrated player? Because he doesn’t get the same attention as Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? I would never compare Roethlisberger to any of those guys because, in all respect, he’s 10 times better than those guys because of the attitude and the tenacity that he brings to the game more than any other quarterback. The guy’s been hit by a car. And, basically, dismantled himself and wanted to play six weeks later. Things like that, that just don’t happen for a normal person. But to be able to have that kind of attitude and drive to want to do any and everything for his team, injury after injury, I want him on my team.” 

Speaking of being hit by a car, Santonio may have before saying this. In the head. With a truck.



  1. In terms of toughness I would definitely agree… but better? no. The common thread these days is SB wins. Nothing else you do in your career matters in the eyes of the public. Or at least that’s what they said when Manning was being thrown around in talks for the best ever. Facts are facts, yes, Pitt can be a great team, but when the facts are represented, they don’t look so squeaky clean. And by that, I mean, let’s look at this years playoff entry. Pitt needed help even getting into the playoffs this year so it’s safe to say their championship hopes were on life support before the playoffs even got started. Not taking anything away from them, just calling it like I see it. Guys like Brady and Manning are consistently in the playoffs most of the time with limited talent around them. Big Ben had the #1 RB AND the #1 WR in the league around him before they went down. Whose to say a similar situation doesn’t arise next year? (I hope not, really wanna see what they are capable of through a full 16 games)

    • We should just have people who understand what the QB position is like, and what football is like, to comment on who they think is better. It’s never definitive, but people like to make it seem like the stats they bring (including the least telling one: # of Superbowls) are conclusive.
      For example, #1 WR and #1RBs are great and all, but that’s 2 positions on only one side of the ball. But fine, let’s only pretend there is 1 WR, 1 RB, and 1 QB. What if your #1 WR is only a teeny bit better than the corner that’s on him, but your cornerback is much worse than the #50 ranked WR on the opposing team? Advantage: Probably #50 WR > #1 WR. What if your #1 RB is facing the #4 run defense, and their #11 ranked RB is facing your #27 ranked rush defense? Advantage: probably #11 ranked RB > #1 RB. Now how about we throw in offensive blocking, multiple receivers, and multiple defenders? The picture gets a lot more confusing. Brady and Manning don’t have limited talent around them…they have a lot of talent around them. Brady has consistently had a solid to excellent defense around him, as well as blocking (minus this year). Manning has had quality skill position players, and of course, this year’s awesome defense.

      But you’re right Pittsburgh can be a great team, and yet it doesn’t look so reliable for success….that’s cause they have the makings of an offensive powerhouse….but their defense is young and leaves a lot to be desired (though they are in better shape than my team’s defense, sadly for me). Balance of the team tends to shine in the playoffs.

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