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mesaSteeler
04-12-2010, 10:08 PM
Wake up, Big Ben ... you're definitely not invincible
April 12, 2010
By Pete Prisco
CBSSports.com Senior Writer
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13203330/wake-up-big-ben-youre-definitely-not-invincible?tag=pageContainer;TeamNews

You would think a near-death experience would change a man, make him appreciate people more.

Be nicer.

Be wiser.

Be considerate of others.

It sure didn't do that to Ben Roethlisberger.

If anything, his motorcycle crash of four years ago has made him even more invincible, which is a mortal sin of the modern athlete.

They think nothing can take them down.

They forget the one thing that can and usually does cut their legs out as they fail in the game of life.

Themselves.

Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, is getting off free on his latest misstep in Georgia, no charges being filed for an alleged sexual charge. The district attorney announced Monday the alleged victim didn't want to press charges.

Roethlisberger's biggest problem is what stares back at him in the mirror every day, an own-the-world athlete who isn't at all humbled by his near-death experience.

He came into the league an arrogant rookie who didn't exactly endear himself to his teammates. Then he won two Super Bowls, which had some of his teammates wondering how he fits his helmet on his head.

Anybody have a size 11 for bowling-ball head?

For a brief time after the motorcycle crash, some say Roethlisberger actually seemed humbled. Reflection can do that to a man.

Then he won his second Super Bowl. Big Ben went to his head.

Team insiders say he became surly again. There are reports of him treating people rudely in public. He wasn't warm and fuzzy with his teammates, even if he did take his linemen to some wrestling night out, making it look like he cared.

True story: In 2008, while the Steelers were en route to another Super Bowl, I actually had some Steelers players saying the team would have been better off with Roethlisberger on the bench.
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That's 100 percent true.

When the Steelers won the Super Bowl, thanks to a memorable late-game drive and touchdown pass in the final seconds, Roethlisberger had two rings, enough bling to earn him a pass.

How do you tone down a player with that success?

Last summer, a woman in Nevada accused him of a sexual assault, but no charge was filed. She did file a civil suit.

The latest incident happened at a college bar with a coed who was too young to drink legally. Roethlisberger followed her into a bathroom in that bar, guessing by most college bars it had to be a pretty nasty little place.

What happened in there is unknown, and might never be known.

But why go?

Isn't that below him? Or is it?

You would think a Super Bowl quarterback might date a supermodel and actually have some fun in his own home, not some stinky bathroom in some college bar. But you hear stories about how athletes love the quick sex fix, often ducking into cars or bar bathrooms. This is not surprising.

I want to caution that we all have to be careful here. By the book of the law, Roethlisberger isn't guilty of any crime.

By the rules of life, he is definitely guilty of stupidity.

If the woman pressed on, it might have become the night the lights went out on his career in Georgia.

His whole act is arrogance, the I-can't-be-taken-down arrogance.

I'm Ben Roethlisberger. I can do anything.

That act is tiring.

The Steelers and the NFL need to tighten the leash because obviously this dog needs one. Without it, he can't seem to control himself. He puts himself in really dumb situations.

The Steelers sent receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick Sunday night. Word was they would have let him go if they didn't trade him. And he was a 1,200-yard receiver in 2009, the Super Bowl hero the year before, in the prime of his career.

The Steelers tired of his act. Anybody can go, right?

It's tougher to grow weary of a quarterback's act since he is the cornerstone of the franchise. You don't let guys like Roethlisberger just walk away.

But if he doesn't change, the Rooney Family, which owns the team, might have no choice.

Then again, if he doesn't change, he might be playing for that same team that Mike Vick once starred on, the prison-yard bunch of has-beens and wannabes.

There are plenty of nasty bathrooms for you in there, but no coeds, Ben.

Think about that. You are not invincible, even if you think you are.

For more from Pete Prisco, check him out on Twitter: @PriscoCBS

stillers4me
04-12-2010, 10:17 PM
I will be so glad when everyone gets their potshot in and we can go back to talking about football.

ysgi
04-12-2010, 10:25 PM
Ummm..What did Ben do wrong again? I musta missed that?

steelerdude15
04-12-2010, 10:26 PM
People suck, end of story.

Atranox
04-12-2010, 11:18 PM
Ummm..What did Ben do wrong again? I musta missed that?

Apparently enough to get him accused of rape not once, but twice.

The girl had cuts, bruises, bleeding, etc. You know, I know, and anyone with common sense knows something happened. Whether or not he raped her, we'll never know - but we must assume that he didn't given the evidence. Regardless, he's an absolute moron for getting into these situations.

Not, he doesn't need to be a damned hermit...but for a $100 million contract, you would think that he would be smart enough not to **** a drunk chick in a damn club bathroom, consensual or not. As a franchise quarterback and a star, no, he doesn't get to act like a "normal" guy...if that's really what is considered to be normal.

fansince'76
04-12-2010, 11:20 PM
I will be so glad when everyone gets their potshot in and we can go back to talking about football.

September can't get here soon enough for me. The verbal floggings all saying the same goddamned things are getting old.

tube517
04-12-2010, 11:21 PM
Who is Pete Prisco?

ysgi
04-13-2010, 12:21 AM
Apparently enough to get him accused of rape not once, but twice.

The girl had cuts, bruises, bleeding, etc. You know, I know, and anyone with common sense knows something happened. Whether or not he raped her, we'll never know - but we must assume that he didn't given the evidence. Regardless, he's an absolute moron for getting into these situations.

Not, he doesn't need to be a damned hermit...but for a $100 million contract, you would think that he would be smart enough not to **** a drunk chick in a damn club bathroom, consensual or not. As a franchise quarterback and a star, no, he doesn't get to act like a "normal" guy...if that's really what is considered to be normal.

So you're saying he didn't do a Damn thing wrong. I concur.
Isn't it strange knowing that you are as guilty as he is.

-ysgi

JEFF4i
04-13-2010, 03:01 AM
Hey pot-shot at Vick too! Who served his time and came back wanting to redo it right.

Way to go Pricko...er...Prisco, it seems you are a modern paragon of virtue.