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mesaSteeler
02-04-2011, 07:19 AM
Colon defends Roethlisberger after TMZ report

By Mark Kaboly
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, February 4, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas Right tackle Willie Colon has protected Ben Roethlisberger on the football field for years.

On Thursday, Colon came to his quarterback's defense off the field after TMZ.com reported that Roethlisberger and two teammates were partying at a piano bar after curfew two nights earlier.

"We are not 18-year-olds," Colon said. "We made our (1 a.m.) curfew, we were in bed, and we were on time for practice."

Roethlisberger yesterday admitted taking teammates out to dinner and then to watch live music but denied being out past curfew, saying the players were back at the team hotel "way before curfew."

A manager at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar in Forth Worth told the Tribune-Review that Roethlisberger and four offensive linemen showed up about 10 p.m. Tuesday and left shortly before midnight.

"They participated along with the crowd," said the manager, who wished to remain nameless. "Ben was very gracious. He bought the house one round of drinks, took pictures. ... It was a really cool night."

The manager said the Steelers ran up an $800 tab and left a $200 tip.

Roethlisberger also sang Billy Joel's "Piano man" with the bar's entertainers.

Can Roethlisberger carry a tune?

"He's a great quarterback," the manager said, "not a great singer. He's not going to have a singing career. He probably needs to go into broadcasting (after football)."

TMZ posted video of the Steelers players singing with patrons.

Coach Mike Tomlin wondered what the fuss was about.

"I'm not concerned one iota," he said. "It's normal for guys to eat dinner, believe it or not."

Colon routinely hangs out with Roethlisberger and said Tuesday night's dinner and drinks were innocent.

"People are making a big deal out of it," Colon said.

Roethlisberger routinely takes his linemen out to dinner once a week during the season, usually on Thursdays. He said it is a superstition to dine with his linemen on Tuesday of Super Bowl week. Two years ago in Tampa, they went to P.F. Chang's. This year they decided on Angelo's Barbecue two miles from the team hotel.

After dinner, a few players made the trip to Pete's.

"I got on the mic and said 'We are just here to be respectful, no pictures, no autographs' and people were cool," Colon said. "A lot of the times I have to beg (Roethlisberger) to come out, but he won't.

"He is with his family a lot, with his mom and dad a lot, he is with his fiance, he is with people who he loves to be around."

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

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BGSU A Dub
02-04-2011, 07:39 AM
Where is the "cat coming out of the bag" smiley? (regarding the fiance comment)

Merchant
02-04-2011, 07:42 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IQUeyxlhBJE/TLtneyX8REI/AAAAAAAAIeM/CZFDBkg0jSE/s1600/cat_out_of_the_bag.gif

BGSU A Dub
02-04-2011, 08:01 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IQUeyxlhBJE/TLtneyX8REI/AAAAAAAAIeM/CZFDBkg0jSE/s1600/cat_out_of_the_bag.gif

:applaudit: :hatsoff: :thumbsup:

TRH
02-04-2011, 08:34 AM
this isn't even a story. The garbage of TMZ represents the world we live in today. I hate those losers...i want to punch them square in the mouth every time i see them on TV. I hope one of these celebrities knocks one the F out.

toughsticks87
02-04-2011, 08:47 AM
This is such a non story, yes Sportscenter has been eating it up.

TRH
02-04-2011, 08:49 AM
This is such a non story, yes Sportscenter has been eating it up.


everybody's defending Ben on the TV crews except for 2.
Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Young. Big surprise.

I'm really starting to hate and dislike Steve Young. Is he the most bitter ex-player alive or what? I can't figure it out...he has nothing to be jerk about. He had a good career.

steelerchad
02-04-2011, 09:50 AM
I actually think this story is a good one for Ben. Hanging out with his teammates, taking his O-Line to dinner, having a few drinks with friends, having a good time, buying a bar full of random strangers a round, singing Karaoke even though he can't sing, picking up the check and leaving a nice tip, and most importantly not overdoing it and leaving the place before midnight to make curfew and leaving alone. These are all admirable things. This paints Ben as the kind of guy you'd like to hang around with. What's not to like about any of this.

Curtain_of_Steel
02-04-2011, 11:01 AM
Roethlisberger admitted, LOL Love the quote.

Roethlisberger finally has plead guilty to eating dinner..

That bastard!!!!

Fire Haley
02-04-2011, 11:25 AM
So Ben is back on the trading block?

tube517
02-04-2011, 11:54 AM
Young=Aaron's buddy=Ben hater for a LONG time

everybody's defending Ben on the TV crews except for 2.
Keyshawn Johnson and Steve Young. Big surprise.

I'm really starting to hate and dislike Steve Young. Is he the most bitter ex-player alive or what? I can't figure it out...he has nothing to be jerk about. He had a good career.

SteelWolf62
02-04-2011, 11:59 AM
This is such a non story, yes Sportscenter has been eating it up.

Hmmmm, Sportscenter or TMZ. The way I see it, there's not much difference.

4xSBChamps
02-04-2011, 12:18 PM
... I'm really starting to hate and dislike Steve Young...

the week of the big-hits, where Harrison was fined, he did offer this during the Monday Night Football pre-game show

he said 'most of the receivers, who are getting popped, should be blaming their-own QB, for throwing the ball into areas where the receivers are vulnerable and are susceptible to being knocked-out:
there are very few high-quality QB in the League today, maybe 5, and these poor QB are to blame'

fer522
02-04-2011, 02:09 PM
so i guess its official now
they can't eat dinner
they can't go out
they can't have fun
and oh yea
they can't sing
thank you TMZ and sportscenter :thumbsup:

OX1947
02-04-2011, 02:13 PM
Steve Young wanted to fight an old man for taking him out because he didnt want his QB to get hurt more in the blow out. Steve Young has been a slap dick his entire life. Keyshawn Johnson, hahahahahha, well, talk about kettle meeting the teapot. One of the most overrated players of all time and biggest cancers on a team.

Velvet Elvis
02-04-2011, 03:58 PM
Steve Young wanted to fight an old man for taking him out because he didnt want his QB to get hurt more in the blow out. Steve Young has been a slap dick his entire life. Keyshawn Johnson, hahahahahha, well, talk about kettle meeting the teapot. One of the most overrated players of all time and biggest cancers on a team.

Overrated ??? Hardly !!! This guy is a winner !!! Maybe you should check out his stats. Any player in the league would love to be this " overrated". Put down the kool-aid.
STEVE YOUNG
Career information
College: Brigham Young
Supplemental Draft: 1984 / Round: 1
Debuted in 1984 for the Los Angeles Express
Last played in 1999 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history

* Los Angeles Express (1984-1985)
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-1986)
* San Francisco 49ers (1987-1999)

Career highlights and awards

* Rated #81 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com
* 7 Pro Bowl selection (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
* 3 First Team All-Pro selection (1992, 1993, 1994)
* 3 Second Team All-Pro selection (1995, 1997, 1998)
* 3 Super Bowl Champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
* Super Bowl XXIX MVP
* 2 AP NFL MVP (1992, 1994)
* 2 PFWA NFL MVP (1992, 1994)
* 2 NEA NFL MVP (1992, 1994)
* AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1992)
* 2 UPI NFC Player of the Year (1992, 1994)
* 2 NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1992, 1994)
* 2 Bert Bell Award (1992, 1994)
* Davey O'Brien Award (1983)
* San Francisco 49ers #8 retired
* 2009 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Records

* 96.8 career QB Rating
* 43 career QB Rushing Touchdowns
* 6 TD passes in a Super Bowl

Career NFL statistics as of 1999
TD-INT 232-107
Passing yards 33,124
QB Rating 96.8
Rushing Attempts 722
Rushing Yards 4,239
Rushing Touchdowns 43
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Velvet Elvis
02-04-2011, 04:01 PM
the week of the big-hits, where Harrison was fined, he did offer this during the Monday Night Football pre-game show

he said 'most of the receivers, who are getting popped, should be blaming their-own QB, for throwing the ball into areas where the receivers are vulnerable and are susceptible to being knocked-out:
there are very few high-quality QB in the League today, maybe 5, and these poor QB are to blame'

I agree 100 percent, just look at the pass Ben threw to Heath. He completely led Heath into that hit with a terrible throw. Remember James ?

casteeler
02-04-2011, 04:05 PM
The media and the NFL have Ben under a microscope, it's not a shocker

vasteeler
02-04-2011, 04:08 PM
Overrated ??? Hardly !!! This guy is a winner !!! Maybe you should check out his stats. Any player in the league would love to be this " overrated". Put down the kool-aid.
STEVE YOUNG
Career information
College: Brigham Young
Supplemental Draft: 1984 / Round: 1
Debuted in 1984 for the Los Angeles Express
Last played in 1999 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history

* Los Angeles Express (1984-1985)
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-1986)
* San Francisco 49ers (1987-1999)

Career highlights and awards

* Rated #81 NFL Player of all-time by NFL.com
* 7 Pro Bowl selection (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
* 3 First Team All-Pro selection (1992, 1993, 1994)
* 3 Second Team All-Pro selection (1995, 1997, 1998)
* 3 Super Bowl Champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
* Super Bowl XXIX MVP
* 2 AP NFL MVP (1992, 1994)
* 2 PFWA NFL MVP (1992, 1994)
* 2 NEA NFL MVP (1992, 1994)
* AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1992)
* 2 UPI NFC Player of the Year (1992, 1994)
* 2 NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1992, 1994)
* 2 Bert Bell Award (1992, 1994)
* Davey O'Brien Award (1983)
* San Francisco 49ers #8 retired
* 2009 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Records

* 96.8 career QB Rating
* 43 career QB Rushing Touchdowns
* 6 TD passes in a Super Bowl

Career NFL statistics as of 1999
TD-INT 232-107
Passing yards 33,124
QB Rating 96.8
Rushing Attempts 722
Rushing Yards 4,239
Rushing Touchdowns 43
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame

pssst, i think he was referring to keyshawn :wink02: