I'm sure that Steve McNair also has had his eyes opened up to what the league is really like. He is part of an unsightly little quarterback club. Hero one day, injury liability the next. Drew Brees is a member. So are Daunte Culpepper and Chad Pennington.
Does Ben Roethlisberger belong after his motorcycle accident on Monday? No, not yet. He's in the class of the Bengals' Carson Palmer. They're still young.
Again, you have to go back to the seven hours of surgery Roethlisberger went through and wonder how that will have affected him, both physically and mentally. Even if Roethlisberger did not injure his knees the rehab will most likely set him back from being in the best shape he could have been sans surgery. It will be at least another four or five months before we can figure out just what effect the accident had on Roethlisberger.
But they say every story has a silver lining and for the Bucs that might be Michael Pittman's decision to sell his bikes.