Ben Roethlisberger got the chance to spend some time with one of his favorite former coaches this weekend.
Back in 2004, both Big Ben and coach Bruce Arians came together in Pittsburgh for a union that would eventually lead to a championship at Super Bowl XL.
Earlier this week, Roethlisberger and Arians got together again for Arians' charity golf classic, in support of his foundation that working towards "supporting and developing programs that strive to prevent the abuse and neglect of children."
Arians left Pittsburgh in 2011, but the two have remained close ever since.
Arians had this to say about his relationship with Roethlisberger:
“He’s like a son to me. We were together so much, especially during the young part of his career.
“The beginning of our relationship, I was the receivers coach, and he said, ‘Coach, you’re not going to yell at me like those receivers?’ I said, ‘Heck no. You’re a quarterback. I don’t have to yell at quarterbacks.’ ”
They've been friends ever since.
While Roethlisberger continues his Hall of Fame career in Pittsburgh, Arians has been successful working with the Cardinals, earning himself NFL Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014.
Source: Todd Ezrailson · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS