Mark Sanchez gets sympathy from Steelers QB Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger has sympathy for Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets quarterback who now must look over his shoulder at new backup Tim Tebow.

"It's going to be tough," Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback, said Friday at Yankee Stadium, where he attended the Yankees' home opener, according to "You know, I feel bad for the Sanchez. It's going to be tough for him, I know him and Santonio (Holmes) are down working out now, but we'll see how it works out. I guess you can never count Coach (Rex) Ryan out.

"I think it's tough for him that he's a guy that's a franchise-type quarterback, they pay him the money to be here, they have a lot of faith in him," Roethlisberger added. "I think he's a good quarterback. And then you bring a guy in that the fans are going to be cheering for, they're probably going be chanting 'Tebow' from the first game. I just feel bad for a guy that is a franchise quarterback like that."

Big Ben had high praise for the other starting quarterback in New York, Giants star Eli Manning, who was drafted with Roethlisberger in 2004 and has won two Super Bowl championships.

"Absolutely I was happy for Eli. That solidifies our draft class a little more," Roethlisberger, who also has two Super Bowl rings, told The Record. "It was awesome to watch him go out and perform. He played great."

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