The Duke of Fug and the Earl of Gross is featured in the September issue of Maxim magazine in their 2008 All Maxim Team (as are Troysus and Skippy Skeeve) and not only is he on the team, but he’s also got a nice big profile article in there on page 88 that trickles over onto page 89.
First the header text:
Brady’s got Gisele. Peyton’s got his pedigree. But this year’s All-Maxim QB is the regular guy who restored a city and a franchise to greatness.
Here’s the opening paragraph:
You might expect to find an off-duty NFL quarterback lounging in the VIP section of a club in Vegas or South Beach. But if you’re looking for Ben Roethsliberger, check the dive bars across the river from downtown Pittsburgh. “Pittsburgh is Iron City, Yuengling, and Rolling Rock,” Roethlisberger says. “It’s about the tough bars where the steelworkers and the coal miners hang out. It’s great to have a beer with them.”
Bull. Shit. Go ahead. Check the dive bars. You’ll be looking forever because there is no way in hell you’ll find Benny there.
I’m sorry. I have read story after story about Benny in Vegas. Benny partying in this VIP area or that VIP area. Benny watching some lesbians make out in the VIP area. Never once have I heard of Benny having a beer “across the river” with the regular boys.
I will say the article does a nice job of summarizing his career here in Pittsburgh, his accident (“I was seconds from dying.”) and ends with Benny saying, “Pittsburgh is perfect for me. I don’t want to go anywhere else. The first job I ever had is the one I have right now. It’s working all right for me.”
Aww. That part I like.
“I’m not a surfer from California,” he says. “I’m not a pretty boy.”
(h/t Pittsburgh Tom)