Big Ben

SUPER BOWL! SUPER BOWL! SUPER BOWL! I’m from Pittsburgh and anyone from Pittsburgh is a football and Steelers fan. I’m excited as hell since I’m going there to film some of the Steelers for a Super Bowl spot for Disney. The Steelers are playing the Seattle Seahawks in the game.

One of the Steelers in the spot is the quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. The spot has the various athletes rehearsing the “I’m going to Disney World” ditty that they will do if they are the MVP of the game. Clever idea and it worked with the guys we had previously shot in Seattle.

The idea we’ve worked out with Big Ben is to have him rehearse while taking a shower.

‘I don’t want to do that.’


‘I just don’t want to do that.’

‘What do you want to do?’

‘I want to throw the medicine ball.’

‘I don’t want to do that.’


‘Because you don’t want to do it in the shower.’

I feel he’s going to walk away since he’s full of attitude. He gives me that look that can kill (same as Michael Strahan did a while back). We compromise and film him doing some lame weightlifting. The curious thing is that he has two huge bodyguards. I never heard of a football player having bodyguards, especially when you’re six-five, two-forty.

The bodyguards play the bodyguard roles very well, glowering and refusing communication. I decide to put them in the spot with Roethlisberger in another scene.  They are terrific and save the day.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers win the Super Bowl, but Big Ben is lousy with the lowest quarterback rating in the history of the game. No comment.