Image it: Pittsburgh, 2009. The Steelers had been fresh from a victory in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals in Tremendous Bowl XLIII. They’re the World Champions!
However there’s no time to cease and take into consideration the previous; they needed to assume forward and put together for the upcoming season.
Instantly, every thing got here to a screeching halt.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — who had led them to 2 Tremendous Bowl victories in 4 years — will get accused of a heinous crime.
In July 2009, Roethlisberger was slapped with a lawsuit by a girl alleging rape at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino in 2008. (The case was settled out of courtroom in 2012.)
Publicly, the entrance workplace and Roethlisberger’s teammates introduced a united entrance in help of their quarterback, who vehemently denied the allegations.
However behind the scenes, the Steelers had been about to dump him.
Can You Think about? Ben Roethlisberger, QB, San Francisco 49ers
It was 2009. Mike Singletary was in his first full yr as a head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, a task he was promoted to after Mike Nolan was fired midseason of 2008. Fifth-year quarterback Alex Smith was his man. Singletary appreciated Smith and his potential. He knew Smith had a tough go of issues underneath 4 coordinators in 4 years. He thought Smith deserved one other likelihood and promised that he would give it to him.
On the floor, Smith — the previous first total decide of the 2005 NFL draft — had been an enormous disappointment, and shifting on would have been finest for all. However Singletary thought otherwise.
Singletary recalled the story in an interview with The Athletic’s Dan Pompei (January 26):
As Pompei wrote, John York (49ers proprietor), Jed York (CEO), Trent Baalke (director of participant personnel) and different executives known as Singletary into a gathering earlier than the 2010 NFL draft. They’d a commerce in place with the Steelers for Ben Roethlisberger, who had not too long ago been accused of sexual assault.
Singletary vetoed the deal due to the promise he made to Smith and the duty he felt he had.
Pompei added that Singletary had been preaching to his males about character and the way he needed to construct a crew with sensible, disciplined, unselfish, and accountable gamers. “I had been telling the crew I needed a crew of character,” Singletary stated. ” I felt I needed to be true to that.”
Buying and selling for Roethlisberger, one thing he knew was within the crew’s finest curiosity, wouldn’t be working towards what he preached.
“But when I might do it once more, I’d do it otherwise.”
What ifs are enjoyable, particularly provided that it didn’t occur and Ben Roethlisberger is weeks, months or perhaps simply days away from retiring from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What if this commerce HAD gone down? What if… Ben Roethlisberger HAD been traded to the 49ers? Simply take into consideration that for a minute.
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Did you consider how the Steelers would’ve ended up with a beginning quarterback(s) aside from Ben Roethlisberger from the 2010 season on? Did you consider how the Steelers might not have gone to their third and most up-to-date Tremendous Bowl XLV? Did you consider how the Steelers would’ve seemingly needed to draft Roethlisberger’s substitute in 2010?
All mind-blowing situations.
Dan Pompei wrote in his Singeltary interview that the commerce was “in place” — it wasn’t simply one thing the Steelers and 49ers had been merely discussing. It was a finished deal if Singletary had given it the inexperienced gentle. Singletary didn’t reveal the commerce phrases in place for Roethlisberger, however the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn’t have entertained it for something lower than a number of draft picks, together with a No. 1.
What if… the Steelers would’ve taken that No. 1 2010 NFL draft decide and chosen a quarterback?
Right here had been the top three signal-callers off the board: Think about for a second, Sam Bradford (spherical 1, decide 1); Tim Tebow (spherical 1, twenty fifth total); Jimmy Clauson (forty eighth total) main the Pittsburgh Steelers. A dud of a category and the Pittsburgh might have needed to take certainly one of them (particularly with Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon on the depth chart).
Think about for a second how it will’ve formed the historical past of the Steelers (not even simply the long run with Roethlisberger not retiring as a Steeler this offseason).
Simply think about how it will’ve modified their draft path for years to come back. The loopy domino impact that may’ve been set in movement had Singletary not vetoed the 49ers commerce for Ben Roethlisberger.
In the event that they had taken a quarterback with their first total decide (from the 49ers), which means Maurkice Pouncey finally ends up a two-time All-Professional, nine-time Professional Bowl heart for another fortunate crew. Possibly Cam Heyward goes elsewhere within the 2011 NFL draft, David DeCastro in 2012.
All of that apart. We’d not have been in a position to take pleasure in, love, hate Ben Roethlisberger for the final 13 seasons.
Exhausting to think about, isn’t it?