BOSTON (CBS) — There are a lot of people who want a game-used Tom Brady jersey hanging in their office. Even some of Brady’s competition.
So when the Patriots paid a visit to Pittsburgh earlier this season, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a request. Though Big Ben didn’t play in the game, sidelined with a knee injury, he made sure to catch up with Brady before the game, and asked his fellow QB if he could have a jersey of his. It’s something Roethlisberger said he never does, but Brady was happy to oblige.READ MORE: 2 Hanover Street Banks Robbed Within 10-Minute Timeframe
Now, as Brady and Roethlisberger get ready to face off in Sunday’s AFC Championship at Gillette Stadium, we’ve learned that Brady’s No. 12 hangs in Roethlisberger’s office.
“I have a lot of respect for him; I think that’s very well known. I think he’s one of, if not the greatest, quarterbacks of all time,” Roethlisberger said on a conference call with the New England media on Wednesday. “It’s been an honor to play against him, to call him a competitor, and so I put it up in my office with the likes of the Marinos and Elways and Kellys and things like that.”
Brady threw some respect back Roethlisberger’s way on Wednesday as well.
“Ben is an incredible player, and he’s been that way since 2004 when he came into the league. I’ve always loved the way he plays, very tough, hard-nosed,” Brady told reporters on Wednesday. “He’s great for the city of Pittsburgh – a very tough, hard-nosed city. I have a lot of friends from there. He’s just been a great player. I think the respect is very mutual. To play at his level for as long as he has and with his style of play has been remarkable.”READ MORE: Fire That Destroyed 2 Dracut Police Cruisers Was 'Intentionally Set', Officials Say
Patriots fans say it shows just how spoiled we are here in New England to have the best.
“We’re lucky around here to have had him for so long and so to see someone like Ben Roethlisberger you know to ask him for that I think shows a lot of respect for him,” said fan Mark Abber.
Others fans tell CBS Boston the mutual respect is nice change from the Facebook live drama we saw coming from the Steelers locker room earlier this week.
“We all want to be recognized for doing a good job and not trashing each other,” said Sandy Mazaika.
Sunday will be the ninth time Brady and Roethlisberger will square off, with No. 12 holding a 6-2 edge over No. 7.MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Reports 2,024 New COVID-19 Cases, 16 Additional Deaths
WBZ-TV’s Mike LaCrosse contributed to this report.