Roethlisberger talks of AFC's black and blue division

Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger explains why the AFC North is the toughest and most competitive division in football.

Ben Roethlisberger photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers
(Ben Roethlisberger photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers)

Talk of Fame Network

This week’s show departs from the norm, as did the entire sports world after the passing of Muhammad Ali at age 74 on June 3.

Before our Talk of Fame Network hosts Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge spoke with Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about the AFC North, the NFL’s most competitive division, they shared their recollections of a fighter and cultural icon who quite rightly called himself "The Greatest."

Ron, who knew him well over the past 30 years, recalled a Super Bowl party he attended with Ali that took a turn no one, including Dolphins’ coach Don Shula, expected.

As for Roethlisberger, he laughed when told that former receiver Hines Ward said he “hated’’ the Baltimore Ravens and that the Ravens hated the Steelers.

“Let’s say strongly dislike,’’ Roethlisberger joked. “There’s a lot of mutual respect, but between the lines it’s physical. It’s nasty.’’

That’s the AFC North, football’s toughest division. It has produced two or more playoff teams in seven of the last eight seasons and, between Roethlisberger and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, they’ve won three Super Bowls and been to four in the past 11 seasons.

What makes the division so competitive? Roethlisberger and Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh give their thoughts and then our guys weigh in, arguing that every team in the division should wear the same colors when they face each other: Black and blue. Also weighing in on the subject is Hall-of-Fame voter Geoff Hobson from Bengals. com.

Historian John Turney of the Pro Football Journal offers his view of the game’s most competitive division as well. He recalls 1975 when the Steelers and Bengals both made the playoffs and the Houston Oilers, who were part of what was then the AFC Central, went 10-4, with all four losses coming to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

Now there’s a rivalry.

There’s much more during the two-hour show. It can all be heard on over 80 radio stations around the country, on an iTune podcast, by using the TuneIn app or simply by going to and clicking on the microphone icon.

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