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Bradshaw On Roethlisberger: "If I Had Owned The Steelers, He Would Not Be A Steeler"

While live-blogging the Steelers' narrow victory over the Atlanta Falcons yesterday, I mentioned that one of the more awe-inspiring highlights by a Pittsburgh quarterback occurred before the kickoff. The QB in question was Terry Bradshaw, who absolutely slammed the suspended Ben Roethlisberger in FOX's pregame coverage.

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Bradshaw, who's had a few run-ins with Roethlisberger in the past, addressed him directly, using Roethlisberger's offseason misbehavior as a cautionary tale for young quarterbacks around the league -- guys like Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and (oddly enough) Tim Tebow. Then, he said that the Steelers should have "dumped" Roethlisberger in the offseason: 

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"If I had owned the Steelers, hear me loud and clear, he would not be a Steeler. What he did, in my eyes, is absolutely unacceptable."

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This is just another reminder that the Roethlisberger story is not going to go away -- for a long time -- just because the quarterback has served out his suspension and stays after practice to sign children's autographs. Bradshaw's ire, strong though it was, will be nothing compared to the jeers Roethlisberger will have to endure from opposing crowds after Pittsburgh's Week 5 bye.

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Check out the clip for yourself:

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.