"I think any great relationship, whether it's at home, coach and player, player-player, there's always going to be ups and downs", Roethlisberger said.
In his first comments since Brown was shipped out of Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger expressed remorse for publicly calling out his former top target after the team's Week 12 loss to the Denver Broncos past year.
"I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments on that show and especially towards him", Roethlisberger said. On Monday, Roethlisberger appeared to make the first move toward resolution, saying he was "genuinely sorry" for the way he talked about Brown in the media and how things turned out between them.
Big Ben also touched on a topic where he stated he had wished he threw the ball to receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on a goal-to-go situation against the Denver Broncos in Week 12 instead of AB.
The quarterback added: "That's the thing about media and social media". You can't take it back.
Roethlisberger then conceded that there were some moments of disagreement with Brown over the years, but that the two often worked out the differences.
Roethlisberger said he tried to reach out to Brown.
"He got upset because he was open, which I can understand, sometimes that happens". I still call him a good friend.
"I really am looking forward to reconnecting with him, talking", Roethlisberger told the station. "It's just unfortunate that it happened, and it's unfortunate that he acted and reacted that way ... is causing a distraction that none of us really need".
Brown and Roethlisberger had a falling out, with Brown eventually skipping team meetings the last week of the season and then not playing in a must-win Week 17 game before demanding a trade this offseason.
"I bring accountability", Brown said at his introductory press conference in Oakland in March.