Every time Ben Roethlisberger's been asked about his long-term future in the NFL, no matter the context, his replies have come with one constant: He'll hold up as long as his offensive line does.
That didn't change in the slightest Wednesday when I approached his stall, this after the Steelers' second session of minicamp at the Rooney Complex.
"You know, their play really dictates my well-being," Roethlisberger told me with a slight laugh. "As healthy as I'm going to feel, as good as I'm going to be ... it's all about them. On top of that, I've got a great relationship with each one of them. Maurkice Pouncey's one of my closest friends on the team. All of them ... they are my brothers."
It's so very visible. Day after day. Drill after drill.