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mesaSteeler
09-28-2010, 08:14 PM
The Redemption of Ben Roethlisberger
By MONTE BURKE
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsbur...
http://blogs.forbes.com/monteburke/2010/09/28/the-redemption-of-ben-roethlisberger/

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King just posted a story on how Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is preparing for his re-entry into the NFL after his four-game suspension. Barring any injury or mishap, his first game of the 2010 season will be October 17th against the Cleveland Browns.

King interviews the quarterback coach, George Whitfield, who is working out with Roethlisberger to try to keep his skills sharp. Whitfield reports that the Steelers’ quarterback is “hungrier” and “refocused.” I take that with a grain of salt, since sports fans hear that all the time. I hope he’s right, though.

I am a Steelers’ fan. I have been since the 1980 Super Bowl when I was 7. The team has had its ups and downs over the years. But I think nothing threw us fans as much as this year’s off-season troubles with Roethlisberger. He was the franchise savior, the team’s best quarterback since Terry Bradshaw, a swashbuckling two-time Super Bowl winner who routinely turned broken plays into touchdowns.

And then he went out and got accused (again!) of sexual misconduct.

From a practical standpoint, Roethlisberger is the team’s most valuable player. The Steelers have remarkably gone 3-0 without him. The defense has looked superb, thanks much to safety Troy Polamalu’s return to health. But the offense (save for last week’s 38-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has been abysmal. The team needs Roethlisberger badly.

But what about us fans? That might be a bit more complicated. I’m excited to have a real quarterback on the team again (not to put down Charlie Batch). But I’m still reluctant to jump right back onto the Big Ben express, at least right away.

From the get-go, the whole Roethlisberger situation has left me with mixed feelings. A part of me still wonders how he could have been suspended for four games without ever having been arrested or charged with any crime. And I still think that the NFL’s personal conduct policy is pretty blurry in this regard.

But that’s probably just the fan in me talking. Because another part of me realizes that this was a young man whose life was totally out of control, especially when it came to his dealings with females. I am married and have daughters. Men like Roethlisberger anger and horrify me.

Subsequent brutal profiles in Sports Illustrated and the New York Times led me to believe that Roethlisberger had clearly become a malevolent person.

But Roethlisberger has been offered a chance to change that. In some ways, the suspension might have saved his life, if he indeed does come out of this changed for the better. He’s lucky to have been given another chance. His ability on the football field afforded him that chance. Redemption is a big part of the human story. Now it’s up to Roethlisberger to follow-through on it.

Selfishly, I want Roethlisberger to succeed and win with the Steelers. But I also want Roethlisberger to redeem himself as a person. I admit to having some selfish reasons for that, too: I want to be able to cheer for him again.

Curtain_of_Steel
09-29-2010, 08:57 PM
91 hours and my town offically gets crowned.

Steeler Country again!!!

I Have refused to put up the banner till he is back.

Dam eagle fans will start honking their horns again at all hours, lol

StainlessStill
09-29-2010, 09:59 PM
Ben deserves the chance to turn his life around to make things right with noone but himself and what better organization that screams loyalty than the Steelers? Ben is lucky the way the Rooney's are and we are lucky to have the chance to turn a young man's life around.

I'm in Ben's corner and believe that he was the victim of his celebrity, but more importantly his celebrity of his youth. I really don't believe he raped or forced himself upon any women in the graphic nature (the evidence in the case proved the same) that was reported, but I do believe, like any other young man at his age (I'm young myself and see it constantly) he was just interacting with the over pouring of female interest that comes his way almost instantly of who and what he is and that's where he dropped the ball. He can have fun, but he can't have the type of fun he's use to having for being a single man embraced in fame or you will attract bad people with intentions.

I've had the opportunity to really observe people and have found out that today's generation and just people in general are really out of whack and saw things I didn't know was humanly possible. Not to generalize, but women today are just as bad as men in the sexual area and use men and twirl them around their pinky finger if they have the chance, esp at high profile places like bars and strip clubs.

This girl certainly had no problem following Ben around the area, finding her way into the VIP section and chugging down his shots. As an under-ager, she didn't know better and her parents knew to drop it since it didn't look good for her as well since she was foolishly 2 times over the legal alcohol limit.

Too bad we won't hear Ben's side of the story but I'm glad we gave the man a chance.