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Donald Trump name-drops Ben Roethlisberger, who won't speak at GOP convention

Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn't plan to participate in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger says he won't be taking a podium on behalf of Donald Trump anytime soon.

The presidential candidate is publicly courting Roethlisberger and other sports luminaries for next month's Republican National Convention, but the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he's not endorsing Trump at the convention or otherwise. Roethlisberger told the newspaper that Trump is an "acquaintance."

According to The New York Times, Trump said in Virginia this week that he wants to create a "winner's evening" of sports champions, listing Roethlisberger, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and UFC president Dana White among his supporters. He wanted these stars to address the convention in Cleveland as examples of "winners" instead of "these people," or politicians, according to the Times.

"Our country needs to see winners," Trump reportedly told the crowd. "We don't see winners anymore."

Brady has publicly supported Trump as a friend, but Roethlisberger says he is staying out of the political game. Roethlisberger generally stays low-key, so this decision isn't surprising.