PDA

View Full Version : Merril Hoge on Roethlisberger's recovery.....


DIESELMAN
06-30-2006, 12:45 PM
I know a lot of us feel the same way as Merrill just thought I'd share his thoughts with all of you.....:helmet:


TV analyst Merril Hoge's season got underway Thursday night with his appearance on ESPNews with Mark Morgan. Hoge was asked first about what he sees in the future for recovering Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/25/257758.jpg

From ESPNews on June 29:

Mark Morgan: Merril, 17 days ago Ben Roethlisberger had a near-death experience. In your mind, how did the motorcycle accident affect and/or change him.

Merril Hoge: Well, I think we all need perspective in life and sometimes at a young age you don't have perspective on what you have, the opportunities that are before him, and I actually think this will be a blessing in disguise for Ben Roethlisberger. I know that when you look at the near-death experience, your life and the value and what kind of life you're going to be able to live is number one, but then to be able to look at the career that you almost lost and the opportunity now to be able to play, I think he'll be more passionate about it. I think he was a hard worker already but I think that the more detailed, the more focused -- things you usually don't get until your eighth or ninth season -- he will have earlier. I think he will be a better quarterback for it. Once all these injuries heal and he's able to play, I actually think we'll see a better person and a better football player out of Ben Roethlisberger.

MM: Now when you were a young NFL player, did you have a sense of infallability or invulnerability?

MH: You got it.

MM: But it seems like maybe with Roethlisberger that was something that had to be not proven wrong to him, but this really kind of put that all in perspective for him.

MH: I always measure everybody in the yardsticks of their own years. You know, when you're in your thirties or forties or fifties, you're like 'Oh, how can you be thinking like that?' So you always have to back yourself up. Now, when I was 22, how did I look at those things? I think Ben looked at himself and asked 'What's the real danger?' And I think the more people said, 'You shouldn't, you shouldn't,' I do what most people do: I'm gonna do it for sure. Obviously, most people realize he should've had the helmet on, but thank goodness he didn't lose his life and I think Ben Roethlisberger looks at it now and says, 'Man, I should've wore a helmet. Accidents can happen.' So I think it's about perspective again. I think he looks at it. I think he's handled it great. And I think these are the kind of things that actually keep mounting as days go on. When you start to reflect on it, I think it becomes heavier and heavier as time goes on, so I think it's something that will help him become a better player and a better person.

MM: Seventy days from tonight, the Pittsburgh Steelers open against the Miami Dolphins. Does Roethlisberger think he will be ready? Does the organization think he'll be ready? Or is it too early to even make that assessment?

MH: I think it's too early but I don't think there's any question Ben Roethlisberger believes he's going to be the starter against the Miami Dolphins. But here's what has to take place: There's going to be a six-week window -- we've already went through two of those weeks and have about another four to go -- before any doctor can say, 'Yes, Ben, you can go in and play because your jaw has healed perfectly.' They have to make sure that the broken jaw, the surgery, all the things that were replaced and repaired, are perfectly healed. As each week goes on, doctors are going to be more confident, but it's going to be another two to three weeks before doctors know for sure that Ben Roethlisberger will be able to start. One thing I do like about his position: Quarterbacks don't get banged around like linebackers or running backs do during the course of practice, so he's going to be able to keep his rhythm and timing, even though he can't take hits.

By: By SteelCityInsider.com
Date: Jun 30, 2006

clevestinks
06-30-2006, 01:01 PM
Merril Hoge "I actually think this will be a blessing in disguise for Ben Roethlisberger"

I hope SOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooo!

SteelerFanInCA
06-30-2006, 01:04 PM
Merril Hoge = Class Act.

Black@Gold Forever32
06-30-2006, 01:05 PM
Merril Hoge "I actually think this will be a blessing in disguise for Ben Roethlisberger"

I hope SOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I with Hoge, I see a different Ben Roethlisberger. I still think he will have that savy on the field that he has shown he has so far. But I think we will see Ben more focused about football and more appreciative about football in general. I know I can't wait for the season. Here We Go Steelers Here We Go.

SteelerFanInCA
06-30-2006, 01:18 PM
I believe Ben will be a lot wiser come start of the season. The accident was a definite character builder or wake up call. Either way I'm looking forward to Ben's solid play on the field this upcoming season.

nicesteel4life
06-30-2006, 01:27 PM
Great READ!!!! Yes alot of us have been saying the same thing.
It was a wake-up call...I think we see a better Ben in the end....

chickforps
06-30-2006, 02:49 PM
Great story. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

BB2W
06-30-2006, 02:54 PM
Good read... Hoge may be the most bias personality in sports TV. :cool:

nicesteel4life
06-30-2006, 02:56 PM
GREAT SIGNATURE!!!! BB2W

SteelShooter
06-30-2006, 11:18 PM
Merril Hoge = Class Act.


I agree Bro.................

Haiku_Dirtt
07-01-2006, 03:58 AM
Merril Hoge "I actually think this will be a blessing in disguise for Ben Roethlisberger"

I hope SOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooo!

This has been covered. No pun intended.

Haiku_Dirtt
07-03-2006, 01:35 PM
Merril Hoge = Class Act.

Hoge came out of nowhere it seems back when he started TV work. I think he is one of the best in the business.

The odds makers aren't even taking bets for winner of the AFC North. That's a trip. If you are betting Ben's physical and - perhaps more importantly - his psychological condition is intact than this is you're last chance the go long on the Steelers with great odds.

Elvis
07-03-2006, 03:22 PM
For firsts... How does any Steelers fan think that Merril Hoge came out of nowhere to tv? Hoge, unless I am badly mistaken is still the only Steelers RB in their history to rush for 100 yards in back to back play-off games... I am pretty sure that is correct, but if I am wrong and some one has the true stats then you can correct me. I think Merril is a great guy and is very football knowledgeable. He played a few great years in Pittsburgh when we had Tim Worley that was supposed to have been The Man...what a joke... I love Merril and hope that his fight with cancer is over now..
God Bless All
Elvis

tony hipchest
07-03-2006, 03:25 PM
i think merrill is the last white rb to rush for 1000 yds in a season. we may never see that again.

Physical Presence
07-04-2006, 04:32 AM
i think merrill is the last white rb to rush for 1000 yds in a season. we may never see that again.


Merrill Hoge never rushed for 1000 yards with the Steelers. As for the last white 1000 yard rusher, my money would be on Craig James. Remember him? He was the other half of the pony express at SMU along with Eric Dickerson. He did it with the Patriots in the late 80's.



Physical Presence

HometownGal
07-04-2006, 08:44 AM
I with Hoge, I see a different Ben Roethlisberger. I still think he will have that savy on the field that he has shown he has so far. But I think we will see Ben more focused about football and more appreciative about football in general. I know I can't wait for the season. Here We Go Steelers Here We Go.

Great post. I think after this accident, Ben is going to be more focused all the way around and not take his career (and his life) for granted any longer. When a life threatening experience like this looks you smack dab in the eye, you tend to re-prioritize those things (and people) in life that are most valuable and put those that aren't on the back shelf.

Steelers
07-04-2006, 10:26 AM
Great read. Thanks. :smile:

Haiku_Dirtt
07-04-2006, 01:57 PM
For firsts... How does any Steelers fan think that Merril Hoge came out of nowhere to tv? Hoge, unless I am badly mistaken is still the only Steelers RB in their history to rush for 100 yards in back to back play-off games... I am pretty sure that is correct, but if I am wrong and some one has the true stats then you can correct me. I think Merril is a great guy and is very football knowledgeable. He played a few great years in Pittsburgh when we had Tim Worley that was supposed to have been The Man...what a joke... I love Merril and hope that his fight with cancer is over now..
God Bless All
Elvis

Wasn't referring to him as a player. The transition from the field to the booth when he first did it wasn't like it is now. I was giving him major props for the skill to do it when it was difficult and somewhat still uncharted for the NY executives (lawnbowlers).

Now all you need to do to get TV face time is retire. Sports TV programming (a country club for has-beens) is becoming oversaturated with players and pundits with little insight clogging up what otherwise could be real X's and O's discussion...like Hoge would give.

I'd say to ESPN give him his own damn show. Guarantee I wouldn't hear about freakin T.O. and his birthday party.

Haiku_Dirtt
07-04-2006, 02:02 PM
Merrill Hoge never rushed for 1000 yards with the Steelers. As for the last white 1000 yard rusher, my money would be on Craig James. Remember him? He was the other half of the pony express at SMU along with Eric Dickerson. He did it with the Patriots in the late 80's.



Physical Presence

Now that I completely forgot about. I loved Dickerson (what were the Rams ever thinking). The days at SMU before the meltdown must have been like a mini-wild west.

tony hipchest
07-04-2006, 02:12 PM
Merrill Hoge never rushed for 1000 yards with the Steelers. As for the last white 1000 yard rusher, my money would be on Craig James. Remember him? He was the other half of the pony express at SMU along with Eric Dickerson. He did it with the Patriots in the late 80's.



Physical Presence

your right. it was the last white rb to go for 100 yards in a game i was thinking about. '89 he went for 100 and 120 vs kc, and then denver in the playoffs.

Black@Gold Forever32
07-04-2006, 04:19 PM
Only six RB's have gained 1,000 yards in a season for the Steelers.

John Henry Johnson was the first and he did twice. Of course Franco had the most with 8 1,000 yard seasons. Jerome had six. Then Rocky Bleier, Barry Foster and Willie Parker all have had one.

CantStop85
07-04-2006, 05:00 PM
your right. it was the last white rb to go for 100 yards in a game i was thinking about. '89 he went for 100 and 120 vs kc, and then denver in the playoffs.
Nick Goings ring a bell?

tony hipchest
07-04-2006, 05:03 PM
Nick Goings ring a bell?
sure. carolinas 3rd string rb. is he white? ive never seen him w/o a helmet.

o.k i just googled his picture. im not sure of his ethnicity makeup but, while light skinned, definitely dont look like the cornfed h0nkey hoge is.

CantStop85
07-04-2006, 05:11 PM
sure. carolinas 3rd string rb. is he white? ive never seen him w/o a helmet.

o.k i just googled his picture. im not sure of his ethnicity makeup but, while light skinned, definitely dont look like the cornfed h0nkey hoge is.
Nevermind, I think he's only half white.

CantStop85
07-04-2006, 05:14 PM
I've got it...Mike Alstott rushed for 126 yards on 17 carries versus the Browns in 2002.

tony hipchest
07-04-2006, 05:18 PM
I've got it...Mike Alstott rushed for 126 yards on 17 carries versus the Browns in 2002.:dang: totally forgot about alstott! i remember him in fantasy that year. several teams scrambled to claim him offa waivers after that week, and got nothing for it.

good call.

ok. so hoge is the last white former runningback to accurately pick the steelers in a sb victory.

(but alstott is a fullback)