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Let’s do some football talk this morning in the form of Big Ben talking about his pay cut

If we all know one thing about Ben Roethlisberger, it’s that this guy never passes up the chance to make sure you know he took one for the team, whether with an arm injury or a contractual sacrifice for the betterment of the franchise. The guy sure wasn’t going to let his offseason pay cut slide by without making himself look good here, even though there are clear indications the Steelers are ready to move into a new era at the position.

“It was my idea,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday about the pay cut he took during the offseason. “I told them I want to help the team out however we can, and so I went to them and told them that I would do whatever I could to help the team sign the guys that are going to help us win football games. … In order to do that, to get guys here, I felt that it was necessary to do that.”

Let’s keep in mind the Steelers were 1-6 to end the season, including losses to Washington and Cincinnati. If there was ever a guy who wants a farewell tour and all the rocking chairs, shotguns, and pieces of art that come along with it, it’s 39-year-old Roethlisberger. He’ll limp up to the line one final time, get into the shotgun, hike the leg, take the snap, drop back, uncork a bomb, take a shot in the knee and then end up in a neck brace during his postgame press conference. The arm will be in a sling. His face will look like it was cut by an illegal weapon in the ring, and he’ll tell Pittsburgh media members this is how he wanted it to end — leaving it all on the line for the city.

Don’t forget June 2 when I painted the Steelers’ 2021 season in one paragraph. It’s coming. And this won’t be the final time he reminds people he took a huge pay cut for this team.

• Daniel in Fairbanks writes:

“Hi Joe, just wanted to make a quick point that the bear on the fence in California is a cinnamon phase black bear. You’re right, it’s literally a brown bear, but it’s a black bear in species. No browns (grizzlies) in California for many years, even though it’s on the flag. Keep up the good work. You’re awesome.”

This is why OutKick readers are the best. Daniel wasn’t looking for a fight over the color or species of bear in the viral video. He came in with a quick, informative explanation. Thank you for clearing that up. I sure didn’t know black bears went through a cinnamon phase. I’m 100% trusting a guy out of Fairbanks on bears. Daniel’s officially our bear guy! I’m saving his email address.

• LeBron’s Space Jam is set to be released July 16. He’s now one loss away from being available to do the media rounds to promote his movie for his comrades in China. Did you see this big baby head to the locker room with over 5:00 left in the game last night? He never returned as his team was getting its ass kicked. What a leader. What a guy.

• I’m looking into buying the fake boulder outdoor Bluetooth speakers to place in the garden/off the patio. I need advice from you guys. Will one get the job done? Which one(s) should I buy? Let me know your success or horror stories: joekinsey@gmail.com

• And finally this morning, a special shoutout to the weirdo last night at the park with the bull nose ring thing going on who thought it was a good idea to have her daughter feed bread to baby geese in front of a bridge over a pond so I couldn’t cross. Her genius move meant I wasn’t crossing the bridge with my dog, so I had to go around the pond and add another couple hundred steps to my iPhone counter. I needed the exercise. Thank you!

And with that, I’m ready to sit here at my desk and attack the day. We have some good stuff coming. Buckle up.

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Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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