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Big Ben Pays Tribute To Former Teammate

Ben Roethlisberger did a very cool thing at the Pittsburgh Steelers practice on Saturday.  A player that came up with Ben through the ranks was cut, so he decided to pay tribute to him.

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When the Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the 2004 draft, teammate Max Starks wasn’t far behind. He was taken in the third round and had been with Ben since then.  The two were friends, and when Starks was cut to create cap space, Ben decided to pay tribute.

According to Yahoo Sports, he grabbed one of Starks #78 practice jersey’s on Saturday and wore it out on the field.  A pretty cool tribute to a guy who kind of got the short end of the stick.  In the NFL players come and players go, but linemen tend to get swapped out more often then most.  They are the unsung hero’s of the league and it was a stand up move by Reothlisberger to kind of let everyone know how he felt about the situation.  In a league with names like Brady,Manning and Favre, Saturday the name Starks was known to more than just Pittsburgh fans.

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