The hunting and snowmobiling is great fun, but Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t visit Ellicottville, New York, for an annual offseason “buddies” trip simply for sport.
He goes for the campfires. He goes for Jim Kelly. And he goes for the quarterback stories you can’t get in a scouting report.
“When you’re up and around each other for four or five days, and you’re sitting around a fire, you talk about everything,” Roethlisberger said.
As the Pittsburgh Steelers make their first appearance in Buffalo since 2010, Roethlisberger has been texting with Kelly this week about how to catch up in person before Sunday’s game. They settled on dinner Saturday night.
The Cowboys don’t dabble much in free agency, so Garrett has been the only NFL coach most of these players have ever known.
The downside of all the attention that comes from playing for the Cowboys is that every person you run into has the potential to record your every move and produce a video that could go viral.
Elliott and Prescott were partying at a club the other day. The video wound up on TMZ.
“Going to Mississippi State, a school not known for a lot of football success, and for us to go and have the success we did in the two years I was there,” Prescott said, “particularly the year  we went to No. 1, yeah, I mean it definitely showed me what the spotlight does, how to get used to it and prepare for TMZ or whatever it may be out there, yeah.”
Maybe, but the excitement America’s Team generates is at an entirely different level.