Mike Tomlin Explains To Ben Roethlisberger That Bearded Fan Is Just One Of Santa’s Helpers, Not Real Santa
PITTSBURGH – While standing on the sidelines during Sunday’s 20-12 victory over the Kansas Chiefs, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin patiently explained to QB Ben Rothlisberger that the red suited, bearded fan waving a terrible towel in the Heinz Field stands was merely one of Santa Claus’s helpers, but not the actual Santa Claus himself.
“Santa Claus is very busy this time of year Ben,” Tomlin patiently explained to his 11th year signal caller. “He’s up at the North Pole with all his elves making toys and games and whatnot. That’s why he has helpers all over the world meeting people in the mall, ringing bells on street corners, and I guess in this case, sitting in the bleachers of an NFL game. Sure, let’s go with that.”
According to sources, this is not the first time that Rothlisberger, 32, has struggled to reconcile the appearance of a beloved children’s figure at various Steelers functions.
“During our OTAs back in April, I had to explain to Ben that the fan wearing the felt rabbit ears was not in any way connected with the actual Easter Bunny,” said Tomlin. “Then there was the time a guy came to our practice wearing a cape, and Ben kept trying to leave the huddle ‘to go meet Superman.’ And don’t even get me started on the time he thought Brett Keisel was the tooth fairy.”
After repeatedly assuring his quarterback that the real Santa Claus was far away in his workshop, constructing the “Hot Wheels Super Loop” race track set requested by Rothlisberger on his Christmas list, Tomlin sent the QB back onto the field, reminding him that Santa Claus only brings presents to good little quarterbacks who properly progress through all their receiving options before forcing the ball into double coverage on a medium post pattern.