When it comes to the legendary Patriots QB, even Big Ben can’t resist having a ‘fanboy’ moment.
Despite putting together a Hall of Fame-career of his own with the Pittsburgh Steelers, when Ben Roethlisberger met Tom Brady’s New England Patriots at Heinz Field on Sunday ahead of their teams’ crunch AFC clash, even he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to grab a slice of No.12 memorabilia.
Roethlisberger – who missed the Week 7 match-up with a knee injury – may have two Super Bowl rings to his name, but judging by the footage captured by Showtime’s Inside The NFL, what he’s craving most is a jersey from the man he recently told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is ‘the greatest in the world’.
"I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point," says Big Ben, sounding more like a shy fan than the domineering, shaking off would-be-tacklers, man-mountain we’ve all come to know.
He also added, “There’s not many I want up in my office, but you’re the best.” Brady had absolutely no problems agreeing and in typical fashion, had even fewer problems leading New England to a 27-16 win on the road.
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While the jersey swap has become a post-game staple in just about most NFL games in the modern era and players have no qualms about showing someone on the opposing team that they’re a fan of their work, this respectful exchange between two of the AFC’s offensive powerhouses is still a great sight to behold.
That being said, with both the Patriots and Steelers still firmly in postseason contention, if they meet again come playoff-time, one suspects the greeting may not be quite this warm.