NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: 'I've Heard A Lot About How Well He's Doing'

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- First and foremost, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, along with his wife Ashley and Steelers tight end Vance McDonald and his wife Kendi, volunteered time in New Castle on Wednesday morning to work with Convoy of Hope, Jubilee Ministries International, Nourishing Others Well-Being Project and the Christian Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania to host a drive-thru food giveaway for up to 1,500 families. 

While doing that, the Steelers community relations Twitter account posted a few pictures and videos of the Roethlisberger's and McDonald's and people couldn't help noticing a particularly fit, trim and slim looking Ben Roethlisberger. 

.@_BigBen7 just sayin’ hi to everyone in line -- pic.twitter.com/BfhpNcZG3B

— Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) July 22, 2020

“It’s about love and about helping others.”At today’s food distribution through the Farmers to Families Program & @ConvoyofHope in New Castle, @_BigBen7 explains why it’s important to him and his family to find ways to help those in need. pic.twitter.com/2R5ClD8N7Q

— Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) July 22, 2020

On a much less important note than his message: @_BigBen7 looks slim. https://t.co/of5sX1zd8U

— Judy Battista (@judybattista) July 22, 2020

I mean look at this.Ben has like a 32” waist now.He’s so ready. He’s built like KD.Let’s gooooooooooooooo!He’s throwing for like 5,500 yards and 42 TDs this season.pic.twitter.com/kVuljNTrzb

— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) July 23, 2020

When both GM Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin have spoken about Roethlisberger, it's been nothing but positive updates on his status. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport joined The Fan Morning Show Thursday and gave more encouraging news about how this offseason has gone for Ben. 

"I will say, I've heard a lot about how well he's doing. Like I remember hearing, when was it, maybe April, that he was firing the ball. And they had to hold him back because he was doing so well. Maybe I sort of didn't give this as much attention as I should have, but I guess he's been in pain for a while. So the fact that he's not in pain with his elbow now, he feels amazing.

Then I started hearing that he was in really good shape and it was sort of like, at this point, I mean everyone is in really good shape before August, right? So you're like, 'Alright, that's what everyone says.' But I think Ben might actually [be> . This is sometimes what happens with players when they throw themselves into rehab and all they have to do is just get themselves physcially ready, sometimes they come back stronger because it's like a hyper focus on everything that's wrong so you take care of everything else. That seems to be the case with Ben. 

I really do feel like, absent injury, I feel like this is going to be a big bounceback year for him. He's always been a weird, freakish athlete. The fact that he is in shape and looks really good now, probably is a really good sign."

You can hear the entire interview with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, including how training camps and team facilities are going to look around the league this year, below.                

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