Jay Cutler has been under pressure since coming to Chicago because of a poor offensive line. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The difference between Jay Cutler and Ben Roethlisberger

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Pain and the ability to withstand it is different from person to person … And nothing underscores that more than a recent report that came out about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
It was reported most recently by Brandon over at Acme Packing Company that Big Ben played with a broken foot during the last part of the 2010 season, including the Super Bowl where the Packers defeated the Steelers.
Now flash back with me to the NFC Championship game where we all saw Jay Cutler limp off the field and then stand dejected on the sideline wrapped in his cape while his team lost to the Packers. 
Looking back, Lovie Smith probably made the right move by taking Cutler out of the game not so much because of the injury, but because the quarterback was ineffective. 
But with the severity of that injury Cutler was said to have suffered, one has to wonder … What would Ben have done? 
Despite what Cutler’s teammates, including Brian Urlacher, have said, maybe it is true that we should be questioning Cutler’s toughness as well as his loyalty to his team.
Consider this was the conference championship… Consider that the right to play in the biggest game on the planet was on the line … Consider the game being played was against the team’s most hated and longtime rival … Wouldn’t you think that Cutler would have done anything and everything to get back into that game? 
What would Big Ben have done? 
Consider that  Roethlisberger played for nearly two months on a broken foot … Consider that he did it because he knew his team had a better chance of winning another Super Bowl and that if his team did that everyone might start considering this Steelers team a dynasty similar to the Steelers teams of the 1970s.
That’s why these men play the game … Oh yes, the fame and fortune is great, but to go down as one of the greatest and toughest is just as important.
It seems like Ben Roethlisberger gets that. He understands that you have to play through pain to reach those goals.
It seems like Jay Cutler doesn’t get it. 
That’s the difference between Jay Cutler and Ben Roethlisberger. That’s why Roethlisberger is bound to win championships while Cutler is bound for mediocrity. 
That’s why in 10 years nobody will remember Jay Cutler.

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