For several years, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been one of the Steelers’ most prolific blockers.
Not on the football field, where the extent of the 38-year-old passer’s contributions to blocking are the occasional half-attempt at an unsuspecting defender on a reverse.
No, Roethlisberger’s blocking proclivity has been largely kept to social media, where’s he’s become somewhat notorious for his Twitter account — @_BigBen7 — blocking large scores of people, for offenses large, small and sometimes unknown by the party involved.
Roethlisberger said in a 2017 interview with ESPN that he does not run his social media account, but that a woman named Erin Cox does the tweeting — and the blocking — for Roethlisberger.
A May 30 tweet from the account regarding the protests of the death of George Floyd and police brutality was signed “Ben,” a rare indication of his personal interaction with the site.
But all of that may be changing. According to a report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Roethlisberger will be making a change to his account and unblocking the thousands of folks that can no longer follow him on Twitter.
Florio said the action was due to be implemented on Tuesday. The Twitter account of SteelersNow.com reporter Alan Saunders remained blocked by Roethlisberger’s account as of Wednesday morning after colleague Mike Asti was recently unblocked.