Big Ben: Dalton is Rookie of the Year

Ben Roethlisberger told the Cincinnati media Wednesday that if he had a vote in the process, that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton would be his pick for Rookie of the Year.

The Steelers quarterback knows what it's like to step in and play as a rookie, as he replaced an injured Tommy Maddox his first season and never gave the job back to the veteran he was supposed to learn behind.

“Right now I think, and I don’t know how the talk is, but he’s rookie of the year,” Roethlisberger said of Dalton. “I think he’s that good of a quarterback.”

Dalton, a second-round pick from Texas Christian, became the Bengals starter almost from the outset of preseason, and has piloted the formerly woebegone franchise into playoff contention in his first year. The Bengals are 7-4 heading into Sunday's rematch with the Steelers.

“He does (things) that you just don’t see or expect from rookie quarterbacks,” said Roethlisberger. “In college you can wait for guys to get open and throw it, (but) he throws it before guys are coming out of their breaks, before guys are getting into their holes, as he’s getting pressured.”

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