What's in Big Ben's secret locker?

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  • By Ralph Warner
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You can tell a fair amount about a person based on their workspace. Most office workers have desks, but for athletes this space is their locker. Just like us, many of them keep photos of loved ones (or media members if you're Kirk Cousins), supplies/equipment to help them do their job, and random momentos.

No one really has secret compartments -- unless they're Steelers veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. ESPN posted a feature on the two-time Super Bowl champion and in it they revealed that Big Ben has a secret compartment in his locker.

"...On the right wall of that locker is, in fact, a door. And on that door, hangs a hook. Resting on that hook is a black string," writes Hallie Grossman. "And when you pull that string, it swings the door open, like a portal that delivers would-be snoops to Roethlisberger's own private Narnia: a few square feet between the banks of lockers and the wall that serves as his quiet refuge from the locker room bustle."

So... what's the deal? Is this where Roethlisberger keeps his secret plan on how to join the rare class of quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Terry Bradshaw who have three or more Super Bowl wins?

I'm not the only one wondering, Steelers RB James Conner has had the urge to go where (apparently) none of Roethlisberger's teammates have gone before. "I was gonna open it up," the rookie told ESPN. "But I got too scared. Everybody knows not to go back there. It's top secret."

Other teammates like T.J. Watt have speculated that there's a fridge back there. The eerie space even spooked WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, who, until recently, didn't even know the secret spot existed. One day Roethlisberger popped up, seemingly out of thin air, leaving JuJu wondering, "Yo, where'd he come from?"

This tale is just more proof that just when we think star athletes are like us, they prove that they're on a whole other level. If we go and add some sort of secret compartment to our work space, and people find out about it, we're likely going to have a meeting with HR.

Wait, who am I kidding, I don't even have enough space to keep anything secret at my work station, much less room to build a James Bond-esque compartment.

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