I always appreciate the honesty, but Sanders didn’t pull any punches in essentially saying Ben Roethlisberger is a slacker.
Sanders spent four years in Pittsburgh and has only spent a few weeks with the Broncos, but he is already noticing a big difference between the two quarterbacks.
Sanders said on 104.3 The Fan in Denver that Manning’s leadership and determination to win goes far beyond that of Roethlisberger or any other teammate Sanders has ever had.
“I feel like Peyton is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders said. “This is the first time that I’ve had a quarterback that every single day after practice — no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring — he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice. . . . He’s not one of those guys you’ve got to chase down. He’s going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that’s a difference from a mental standpoint.”
No reason for Sanders to lie, so I believe him. Manning is one of the greatest QBs of all-time, Ben will probably be a HOFer thanks to his two rings, but will never be seen on Manning’s level and Sanders maybe gave you some reasons why.