Entering his 11th year in the NFL, Denver Broncos’ nose tackle Justin Bannan has seen enough of the Pittsburgh Steelers to know what a threat they are. Bannan spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and had to face the Steelers twice per season.
“At the end of the day, it’s a fist-fight,” Bannan said. “It’s a game that’s won in the trenches I believe.”
Not only does Bannan know the Steelers well, but he also knows Peyton Manning well. When asked which quarterback made him more frustrated as a defender, Ben Roethlisberger or Manning, Bannan went with the answer that we all like to hear.
“They were both frustrating,” Bannan started. “I’d have to say Peyton just because in ’06, we had the first round bye. We thought we had (Steve) McNair, we were going to go to the Super Bowl. Peyton came in, we lost to him, then in ’09 we lost to them in the playoffs.”
Let’s hope Peyton is just as frustrating to the Steelers Sunday night.