Bill Belichick was in a joking mood as the Patriots prepare to kick off the 2015 NFL season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, calling into question the listed weight of 241 pounds for Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, according to ESPN.
“Yeah, he was probably that in the eighth grade,” Belichick cracked. “He's all of 241, trust me.”
The Super Bowl-winning coach went on to praise the longtime Steelers quarterback, and when Roethlisberger was informed of the comments he recognized that it was likely the notoriously tight-lipped leader’s way of giving him a compliment.
“I guess I should take that as a compliment from coach Belichick. Not being around him all that much to know whether it is his humor or him being serious, but I guess that's a compliment coming from him," he said. "Any time you can get, even if it’s a legit compliment or backhanded compliment, whatever you can get from coach Belichick, you have to take it.”
Roethlisberger, who is 3–4 against the Patriots in his career, also set the record straight by telling the media he weighed 185 pounds when he graduated from high school.