(March 31, 2011) --- The Super Bowl is back in the spotlight, again.
This time critics are claiming that football fans were deceived by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his... body-double.
Sure, it was Ben on the field taking the snaps for the Steelers during their loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV, but it turns out the guy in front of the cameras during all of those pre and post-game interviews was a Roethlisberger impersonator.
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The story only came to light after an out-of-work actor – identified as Harold Aypmann – submitted his resume and head-shot to Marc E. Platt, a movie producer who is working on an upcoming feature film based on the popular video game “Donkey Kong.” Platt found it extremely curious that the most recent experience on Aypmann’s list of acting gigs was playing the role of Roethlisberger in last February’s Super Bowl.
After the press got a hold of the story, Aypmann finally admitted that the Steelers hired the actor to step-in for the Pittsburgh QB during all press conferences. As Ben’s look-a-like tells it, the authentic Roethlisberger wasn’t all that charming in front of the camera, plus he got tired of answering questions about his sleazebag past.
To avoid being fined by the NFL for ducking interviews, the Pittsburgh Steelers hired a stand-in. And with the assistance of one of Hollywood’s most talented special-effects make-up artists, the bogus Ben became the spitting-image of the real Roethlisberger... right down to the sunken eyes, dopey stare, chubby cheeks and unique unibrow.
Although the Steelers organization steadfastly denies using a Roethlisberger body-double during Super Bowl week, they did admit to the PackerPage that running back Rashard Mendenhall is actually a semi-autonomous electro-mechanical humanoid robot.
"The Steelers wanted to create this idea in people's minds that Ben was some kind of humble, caring gentleman,” said Aypmann. “And since we all know the real Roethlisberger could never pull-off something like that, they chose me to charm America!”
The Academy of Television and Arts is investigating the situation and says that if the body-double story is true, there may be an Emmy nomination for Aypmann. A T&A spokesperson remarked, “It’s kinda like when a fake Paul McCartney secretly replaced the real Paul McCartney after he died in a 1967 car accident. It’s the exact same situation... except for the fact that Ben can’t sing, didn’t die, and likes the Rolling Stones better.”
In related news, the governor of Minnesota declared April 1st “Minnesota Vikings Day” to commemorate the team’s 50th anniversary of impersonating a professional football team.