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Teammates return captain’s title to Ben Roethlisberger

Mark Kaboly
| Monday, September 5, 2011 12:00 a.m

Last year, after an offseason full of turmoil, Ben Roethlisberger’s teammates sent him a message by not voting him a team captain for the first time in three years.

His teammates sent a different message Sunday, voting Roethlisberger offensive co-captain for the third time in the past four years.

“Anytime you are voted captain by your teammates, it means a good deal to you,” tight end Heath Miller said, who replaced Roethlisberger as captain last year. “Ben has come back and has become the leader of this team, and that was indicative today.”

Roethlisberger was also co-captain in 2008 and ’09. Receiver Hines Ward was named the other offensive co-captain, the seven consecutive season he has held that role.

“He has done a great job of opening himself up to the team and keeping his nose clean,” lineman Willie Colon said of Roethlisberger. “He is in a real good, stable comfort place.

“He has taken on more of a leader role than a lot of us. He is a lights-out player, so why not?”

Veteran linebacker James Farrior was named defensive captain for the eighth straight year, and Arnaz Battle was named special teams captain for the first time.

“It is an honor,” Battle said. “My teammates have confidence in me to go out there and lead them.”

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