"I'm hurting today as much as I was at any point I can think of in the last year," Roethlisberger said Tuesday on KDKA-FM, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"I lost my breath instantly and remember hitting the ground thinking, 'Boy, that hurt a lot.' I kind of pride myself on not taking those big hits, but I sure as heck didn't see it coming."
"I'm sure (the hit) had an impact (on his throwing)," Tomlin told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "But we don't make excuses, and Ben doesn't make excuses. ... (But) it was a substantial hit. I don't know how much it affected him, but it comes with the territory (of playing quarterback)."
Easy for you to say, Mike. As for Roethlisberger, give the man credit for quickly popping to his feet after Upshaw's crushing shot. It must be an acquired skill to act like nothing is wrong when your body is unable to attain and process oxygen.