Santonio Holmes on Big Ben: “He’s a grown man, he’s entitled to do whatever he wants to do.”

March 12, 2010 – 8:30 am by Michael Bean

It was an overall disappointing season in 2009 for the previous defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Expectations were of course quite high following their last second triumph in Super Bowl XLIII, but the Steelers missed the playoffs after finishing just 9-7. It wasn’t all bad news for the Steelers last season. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes set career highs in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,248) – a nice follow-up to his SB heroics the year before. This off-season, which was supposed to be about getting the team back on track and ready to make another run at the playoffs in 2010, has been mired by yet another accusation levied against franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Holmes joined Mayhem in the AM on 790 The Zone in Atlanta to talk about what it was like being the hero of Super Bowl XLIII this past year (i.e., what kind of perks he received), how he butted heads with head coach Mike Tomlin at times last year, how he understands that Tomlin’s just trying to bring the best out of him, if he thinks the game-winning touchdown grab in the Super Bowl could ever be replicated, and his thoughts on the latest news concerning Ben Roethlisberger.

On what some of the perks of being a Super Bowl MVP have been this past year:

“You definitely get a lifetime pass to Disney World which is good for myself, the kids and the family. I got a 2009 or 2010 Escalade so…”

On if it’s true that he and head coach Mike Tomlin butted heads during the 2009 sason:

“Yeah, but he’s one of those guys that’s always on your case to make you a better person. And if he wasn’t that person, he wouldn’t be doing his job. I have to commend him for what he’s done for me. At the time, I didn’t [understand], but in the long run, I definitely have to see the big picture when it’s all said and done.”

On if he thinks the game-winning Super Bowl play in the corner of the end zone could ever be replicated again:

“I think it comes down to the throw being made precisely because I can go stand in that spot and be ready for the catch, but that pass has to be thrown just as perfect as it was that first time.”

On what it was like in the huddle at the start of that epic drive:

“Well when we first got into the huddle…before the huddle, I looked at Ben and told him I want the ball. If you have any confidence in me, then get me the ball, get it to me. I want to help you win the game, I want to be the guy that made the plays. And he basically zoned out and didn’t hear me, but he shrugged his shoulders like oh okay, whatever. And it just so happened that I did everything that I could do throughout that whole drive to make myself available to him.”

On if he’s had a chance to talk to Ben Roethlisberger since the news of his alleged assault broke last Thursday night:

“I haven’t.  On my Twitter page, people have been hitting me up telling me to tell Ben to stay out of nightclubs and keep him this, this and that. I’m like he’s a grown man, he’s entitled to do whatever he wants to do. Unfortunately the incident came about. Hopefully it will get resolved and we can get on with our season.”

On the common held belief that athletes like Big Ben shouldn’t put themselves in potentially compromising situations by going out to clubs and bars:

“You say that now, but when you’re out having fun, you’re just having fun. Like I said, you’re entitled to go wherever you want to go. You’re not expecting those things to happen, you’re going to have fun and enjoy yourself. And when these things occur, how do you defend yourself?”

Listen here to Holmes on Mayhem in the AM on 790 The Zone in Atlanta

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  1. 6 Responses to “Santonio Holmes on Big Ben: “He’s a grown man, he’s entitled to do whatever he wants to do.””

  2. It’s one thing to have some fun, but being at a nightclub at 2:00 in the morning, is’t going to lead to any positive results. I’ve been a Steelers fan for four decades, but this stuff needs to stop, and Ben needs to grow up. And as far as I know, Mr. Holmes has had a few issues off the field, himself. Like, getting suspended for the Giants game in 2008. We don’t know what happened in Georgia, but this is now two complaints in the past year. Any more of those, and we will know that this pattern of behavior won’t be tolerated. And Big Ben’s image will go down the tubes in a hurry.

    By Blazermaniac on Mar 15, 2010

  3. I sure hope this isn’t true, but Big Ben is now tarnished forever even if it isn’t. Holmes said that Ben is a grown man ? I think a grown man should realize that if your going to get paid over 100 million to play football you might have to give up a few liberties I’d say he’s just a big kid. I have been a Steelers fan every since I was just a kid back in the 70′s and one of the things that has kept me a fan is the organizations low toleration of off the field nonsense. I hope they don’t turn in the Cowboys. My 8 year old son and I took his poster of Ben down out of his room. I think we’ll replace it with Farve.

    By Mike from Oklahoma on Mar 15, 2010

  4. Been a steeler fan since 1969.To the point in case….Ben will go down as one of the most prolific qb’s in recent history.His 2(more to come) super bowls(he sucked in the 1st)all the game winning drives,the kid is a monster.Trade him?hell no,he’s the franchise.Check him for being a “binge” drinker”?Yes.He may keep it under control during the season but then flips that switch in the off season,alcohol abuse of some type I feel may be at the heart of this kids antics.I have heard other disturbing things along with good things so I’m perplexed and hope he looks inside himself(with professional) help and finds the issue(s)that are causung him to react/act out like this,but I still have his back.

    By bourbonboy on Mar 16, 2010

  5. Since 1960, I have been an avid Steeler fan because of what they represented. And I actually lived in Pittsburgh for six years. My reaction to the Big Ben incident is that this is so removed from that representation. At 57 years of age, all I can say is what a waste of talent! While the majority of Americans are struggling to survive, especially in the current economy, this obviously immature (and financially enriched) athlete has shown a clear disregard of consequences for his actions. Again- what a waste of talent. Draft a quarterback in April.

    By Morrisdacat on Mar 17, 2010

  6. I have been a Steeler fan since birth but have a hard time really embracing the team while #7 rapist is the QB. I have personally known several people who have had/witnessed #7′s behavior and have all said the same thing… that he is the most rude and arrogant person they have ever encountered….unless there are cameras and media around. The Steelers got rid of Burress because he was a borderline thug…..and now Holmes….but if #7 was a receiver and Holmes was the franchise QB, #7 would be the one who was traded to the Jets, which makes me kind of ill to think the Steelers organization is only getting rid of Holmes as a measure of damage control because of the indiscretions of #7. If #7 wasn’t a habitual (ACCUSED)sex offender, would Holmes be gone??? or does it really matter??? I wanted so badly to see the Steelers trade #7….now that would be a statement that they really are the franchise that doesn’t tolerate thug behavior…no matter who it is on the team…instead of minimizing talent depletion…they (the Steelers) are a business…..just like the Raiders or Bengals…which makes me sad.

    By tdzzl15601 on Apr 12, 2010

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