The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is picking up a rugby ball but the 34-year-old has no intention of leaving the NFL just yet. The 6’5” quarterback uses the rugby ball to work on his control which helps when he switches to a NFL football.
“It makes the actual ball feel smaller for practice,” Roethlisberger told ESPN.
Rugby balls, as all rugby players know, have a similar shape as a football but is noticeably bigger. A rugby ball is 28-30 centimeters, 3 centimeters longer than a NFL ball, and heavier.
Roethlisberger started using the rugby ball 2 years ago and regularly pulls one out before practices and gets a workout tossing the ball overhand, underhand, and with different trajectories.
Surprisingly it was hard for Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers staff to find a rugby ball at local sporting goods stores. If only he knew to call up World Rugby Shop.
Big Ben, need some more rugby balls? Call us. Rugby players can find the best selection of rugby balls at World Rugby Shop.