Steelers Legends Speak Out
Venerable Pittsburgh sports writer Jim O'Brien talked with several black-and-gold legends who sounded off about the state of the team.
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"Today it's important how much money you make and how that compares to the other players. It's a status symbol. Then someone signs a contract for $80 million like Big Ben. What does that do to you? There's a hierarchy in professional sports [today]. There are stars, there are wannabe stars, and there are average guys. It's tough to be accepted by the average guys when you get put on a pedestal. You play in a different world. You become a phenom. It's tough to be a phenom. You get lost in who you are and what you want to be."
-Four-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier on being Big Ben