Heavily used arms don't usually get stronger when they are attached to bodies for 30 years or more. If that was the case, you would see all MLB pitchers throwing harder than they did in their 20s. Some of them have, but the reason behind it is ... well, don't worry about that. The point is that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 32 years old, but his arm is not feeling his age.
"My arm is stronger than it's been in my career, I believe," Roethlisberger said Saturday. "Even in [spring] practices and minicamp, the receivers said, 'Ben, that ball is getting to us a lot quicker, with a lot more spin on it, it feels real good.' That should translate into better play."
Roethlisberger credits his increased strength and decreased waist line to an extensive offseason grind, including work with a personal trainer and nutritionist for the first time in his career.
Roethlisberger is a solid QB2, and the increased arm strength is nice to hear. He has a chance to improve upon his 2013 numbers, some of the best in his career, in the Steelers' no-huddle offense, but he must stay healthy. He played a full schedule last year but has been consistently nicked up throughout his 10 NFL seasons.