PITTSBURGH -- The announcement was made by the Associated Press earlier this past week that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been chosen as Rookie of the Year.
The vote was unanimous within the nationwide panel of sports writers.
Roethlisberger is the first quarterback and the fourth Steeler to win the honor since the award was initiated in 1957.
Other former Steelers that received the Rookie of the Year Award include Louis Lipps in 1984, Franco Harris in 1972 and wide receiver Jimmy Orr in 1958.
Roethlisberger is also in Jacksonville this week for the Super Bowl festivities, not as a player, but to receive other honors as well as participating in a Chunky Soup Bowl challenge with Wilma McNabb, mother of Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. Roethlisberger is also slated to appear in a TV ad with legendary quarterback Joe Montana that will air on Super Bowl Sunday.
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