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mesaSteeler
10-21-2010, 12:34 AM
Steelers QB Roethlisberger not fan of potential changes
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_705377.html#
By Mark Kaboly
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger has suffered numerous concussions over his playing career as well as a number of knee injuries.

In the wake of Tuesday's announcement that the NFL will begin to suspend players who disregard the rule of helmet-to-helmet hits, some Steelers players admitted that they are going to have no choice but to start tackling ball carriers low.

That concerns Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger admitted that he would much rather take a shot to the head and get a concussion rather than have his knee taken out.

"Byron (Leftwich) and I were talking about this earlier," Roethlisberger said. "I would rather have a concussion rather than a blown out knee. You would rather have neither."

Roethlisberger feels that way even after a study came out two months ago that found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to a condition that mimics Lou Gehrig's disease a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

Even knowing that, Roethlisberger still would rather suffer a minor concussion than a knee injury. Roethlisberger has suffered five known concussions during his playing career and never missed more than one game. When he suffered a knee injury in 2005, he missed three consecutive games.

"It depends on what kind of concussion you get," Roethlisberger said. "Just because you get a little woozy, technically that is a concussion, but nobody wants to be knocked out where your brain is swelling and all that stuff. Just to be a little woozy, I think guys would take that over maybe never walking again."

Mike Tomlin dismissed Roethlisberger's comments when asked.

"Again, water cooler talk," he said. "That's one man's opinion."

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Mark Kaboly can be reached at mkaboly@dailynewsemail.com or 412-664-9161.

tony hipchest
10-21-2010, 12:49 AM
Mike Tomlin dismissed Roethlisberger's comments when asked.

"Again, water cooler talk," he said. "That's one man's opinion."


funny quote by tomlin.

in other words, ben has chased a few too many parked crown victorias and bar skanks in his day to be taken seriously. :chuckle:

lionslicer
10-21-2010, 12:57 AM
I say if players want to be able to walk when they are older, to not player football, or play one year and quit, they make enough where they could retire

sharkweek
10-23-2010, 11:03 PM
I say if players want to be able to walk when they are older, to not player football, or play one year and quit, they make enough where they could retire

unless you're single and live a very modest life style there is no way a person could retire off of 1 year average NFL salary.

it would make a good nest egg but they'd definitely have to get another job

lionslicer
10-23-2010, 11:16 PM
unless you're single and live a very modest life style there is no way a person could retire off of 1 year average NFL salary.

it would make a good nest egg but they'd definitely have to get another job

Depends on their signing bonus and roster bonus. The average person making 50k a year makes about 1.5 million in their entire life, not including pension or social security.
Ryan Leaf was a first round pick, he made about 13-15 million in his time in the NFL in about 3 years. He could have retired after one year, and still had 11 million because he was guaranteed that money out of his 35 million dollar contract.

But depends on the life style i guess. Even married with kids you'd have to live pretty recklessly to not live off of 11 million for the rest of your life. But NFL players are notoirious for spending money on houses and cars for not only them but their families and tend to not have much when they retire.

Average NFL salary is $770,000. This does not include the signing bonus, which for most players is 250k-1mil. Harrison this year only making around 800k this year had a signing bonus of around 1.5 mil,
NFL average salary some years is 1.5 mil, but last year it was its lowest at 777,000 since 2006.