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Ben Roethlisberger reveals the one play he gets laughed at for suggesting to Mike Tomlin

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one of the greatest players the NFL has ever seen. 

Now 35, he's been in the league for 14 years after entering as the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft and he's been at the Steelers for his whole career. 

Big Ben is one of the most efficient passers in NFL history and has a very different style to many of his fellow quarterbacks. 

Standing at 6-foot-5, Roethlisberger isn't afraid to take a hit while in the pocket and he's able to shrug off tackles when needed to get a throw off. 

But being that big makes another part of the game almost impossible. Rushing as a QB. 

The likes of Russell Wilson and Cam Newton are particularly impressive when it comes to rushing yards, making them true "dual-threat" quarterbacks. 

But unfortunately for the Steelers, rushing has never been part of Big Ben's gameplan, and over the years, many people have suggested he hates using those type of plays. 

But according to Roethlisberger himself, it's actually head coach Mike Tomlin who doesn't want him running from the pocket, saying that when he suggests a QB draw, Tomlin "laughs at him". 

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NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala‏ tweeted earlier today, quoting Roethlisberger on his radio show, chatting about running plays. 

She wrote: 

"Ben Roethlisberger, on his radio show, swears of QB sneak (which he has not run in years), "I truly have never said I don’t want to run it." Says he does not have freedom to check to it, and that from 2yds, he's even asked Mike Tomlin to go empty, run QB draw. "He laughs at me"." 

Interestingly, the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback claims he has absolutely no call in running a sneak play whatsoever, despite being a veteran of the league. 

During his career, he's broken a number of NFL records, including the most touchdown passes in consecutive games (12) and the most 500+ yard passing games (3).

On top of that, he was the youngest quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl back in 2006 and he's going to end his career as one of the all-time greats with at least 2 rings after winning it again in 2009. 

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So to say that he has no call over running that play is hard to believe.

But, it's perhaps fair that Tomlin doesn't believe in him enough to make him run as now Roethlisberger's 35, there's a chance he could pick up an injury by doing so. 

However, it would have been interesting to see Big Ben try a few runs against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday, especially as they lost 45-42 anyway. 

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