Ben's college coach, Terry Hoeppner, now at Indiana University, took a moment to write-up his thoughts, post-Super Bowl:
"Back in Bloomington (Ind.) after my first Super Bowl. Watching Ben play in his first Super Bowl was an incredible experience. From a coach's perspective, it was a good defensive game by both teams. Both the Steelers and the Seahawks had extra time to prepare and they both said you're not going to do what you did to get here offensively.
"We call that making them beat you 'left-handed.' The Seahawks were able to contain the Steelers running game (except for one play) and play Cover 2 which made it difficult for Ben to make the throws he has been making in recent weeks.
"I don't want to get too technical, but that is a simplified version of what Ben and the offense was up against. Of course when Ben scrambles, stops before he crosses the LOS and heaves it to Hines at the 3 yard line, it doesn't matter what coverage you are in--and Steeler fans have many years to enjoy plays just like that. I saw him do it for three years at Miami and that ability to make plays that no one else can make separates him from the rest of the QB's in the NFL.
"For Ben, the youngest QB to win a Super Bowl. That could be a mark that stands for a long time. I appreciate Ben for including me in his family. I know he'll always be a part of mine. Go Steelers! Go #7."
- Coach Terry Hoeppner