With the election happening today, we thought we’d put our own spin on it. So we asked some of our staffers which current Steeler would have their vote for president (ignoring the sometimes-inconvenient fact that a person has to be 35 years old to qualify). Their answers might surprise you!
My choice for president? Oh boy, that’s pretty easy! I’ve gotta go with James Harrison. I mean, let’s get real, would you cross that guy under any circumstances? He’s a person who would get some things done — or else!
I think the Steeler who would make the best president is long snapper Greg Warren. Warren has been in “office” as the Steelers’ long snapper for 12 seasons now, so he’s a veteran who knows the system very well. With age comes knowledge, and Warren definitely has a lot of knowledge.
His vice president running mate would be kicker Chris Boswell, because punter Jordan Berry is from Australia, so that disqualifies him.
Warren & Boswell 2016!
— PositivelyPittsburgh (@BurghInfo) October 18, 2016
Having a military background doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a great or popular president (looking at you, Rutherford B. Hayes), but it’s certainly a good start. Alejandro Villanueva‘s military background instantly brings him to the front. Coming from West Point should mean he has learned enough about this country’s military history and knows how to use it moving forward.
Ross Cockrell gets the nod as Villanueva’s running mate because he spent his senior season at Duke in graduate school studying political science and was a four-time Academic All-ACC. Need I say more?
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Artie Burns for president! He’s a prime example of overcoming barriers in order to be successful in life. I think he could adequately relate to the lower, middle and upper classes on most issues and create effective policies representing their interests.
Not to mention, he grabbed an interception from Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco in Burns’ first career start on Sunday. I want all politicians, especially the presidential candidates, to show his same level of ambition.
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Ben Roethlisberger is the logical choice for president. He’s a leader with distinction and has a lengthy track record of success. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion, bringing Pittsburgh one for the thumb, as well as yet another Lombardi Trophy. Ben Roethlisberger is a man who gets things done.
But it’s not just his stats and winning ways that make Roethlisberger the best choice. He’s an undisputed leader and voice of the team. Despite all the ducking and dodging he does on the field, he stands tall off it, always shouldering more than his fair share of blame for losses while doling out high praise to teammates when the Steelers win. He never shrinks, and, unlike most politicians, Big Ben isn’t afraid of answering the tough questions.
Ben Roethlisberger looks like Will Ferrell in a movie about Ben Roethlisberger. pic.twitter.com/dZzBUae9DS
— Nick Sreve (@RickFevers) November 6, 2016
He’s not Brady or Manning, but Ben Roethlisberger further proved he might be the toughest QB of his generation: https://t.co/9EHZrOnTfq
— ESPN (@espn) November 7, 2016
If you’re looking for a boss, you need to go with The Boss: Mike Tomlin. Have a staredown between Tomlin and Vladimir Putin? Vlad will be crying like a baby in no time. Tomlin would even make him put a shirt on when he goes horseback-riding. ISIS? Tomlin would sic James Harrison on them, and they’d give back Mosul in no time — they’d throw in Aleppo and a bunch of other places, too. Even the do-nothing U.S. Congress would come to understand that “the standard is the standard,” and that they’d better get off their butts.
He can handle a whole range of personalities, too, everything from strong, silent types like Alejandro Villanueva to twerking, goalpost-hugging Antonio Brown. And when he smiles? Wow. He lights up the room so much that he might even be able to get Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to shake hands.
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