Steelers GM Says Ben Roethlisberger Has Permission To Call Anyone Out & Calls Other Players His “Kids”

As it turns out, Antonio Brown wasn’t lying when he refereed to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having a “owner mentality.”

Earlier this week, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert pretty much confirmed what Brown tweeted about Ben Roethlisberger:

“Ben is the unquestioned leader of this group,” Colbert told reporters. “Like I said, he’s the elder statesmen and the Super Bowl winner. If our players were smart, they’d listen to him because he’s been there. He’s done it. He can tell them, ‘No guys, what you’re doing is or is not good enough to do this.’ And I honestly believe that that can be a burden on him more often than he may like to admit, because he has to — he’s got 52 kids under him, quite honestly. I want them to step up and say, ‘Hey Ben, what do I have to do? Can I do this better? What do we have to do to win a Super Bowl?’

“I think that once you win it, you’ve got 53 guys who can say what it took. Right now, he’s the only one, so I have no problem with him. He can call me out and that’s fine. What he does, I totally respect because I see him too many times win games for us and come through in situations. That’s why I talked about the Jacksonville game. He brought that team in. It was hot. It was nasty, and they weren’t allowed to get water. It was that immediate. Everybody over here right now. And the speech he made and the challenges he made, he backed up because he played better in the second half. He didn’t play well in the first half, and he said, ‘I’m the first one that needs to look in the mirror, and the rest of you better, too.’ So I have absolutely no problem with him.”

That seems like a lot for one player to be able to do and then not think it wouldn’t piss off the remaining players on the squad. That is just one key issue with Antonio Brown as to why he wants out of Pittsburgh.