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07-13-2006, 12:27 PM
This is a very good article that I found on Google. It really hits home with how dangerous motorcycles can be and how grateful we are to still have Ben.

Is The Joy Ride Worth It For Athletes?

Motorcycles and sports have collided again but, sadly, this one is no Ben Roethlisberger situation.
This time, an athlete is dead.
Those around these parts might remember “Teddy” Craft from his days on the high school gridiron just about 45 minutes up the road at powerhouse Hart County.
He had sustained a successful college career as a Division I receiver at Georgia Southern before his life ended tragically Tuesday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
The All-Southern Conference receiver was wearing a helmet, unlike Roethlisberger who recently grabbed huge headlines for wrecking his bike just months after guiding Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl win.
The Steelers’ quarterback is lucky to be alive after crashing without proper head gear.
Craft — whose story won’t register loudly on a national level — wasn’t so lucky.
He wasn’t riding reckless; he wasn’t being irresponsible. But with the danger level associated with motorcycles, that often doesn’t amount to much.
This is becoming an all-too-common headline in the sports pages as athletes who risk injury every day on the field continue to do it all over again on the road.
We suppose this offers some adrenaline rush to these guys who somehow can’t derive it from playing in front of 70,000 or so fans. Clutch the handle bars, tear off at highway fatality-speeds and sit totally exposed to any skull and bones the road might offer — a mighty 18-wheeler out of control, a Ford Expedition that runs amuck through a stop sign.
It can be over and done in a second, like we saw this past week.
Craft’s story is a truly sad one. He was a talented athlete whose career as a pass receiver was blossoming into one of Georgia Southern’s all-time best. By all accounts, he was liked by all.
Now, Craft will never get a senior year, Eagle players are without a teammate and a family is without a son.
At the same time, nobody in the sports world seems to be learning a lesson from this mounting evidence against motorcycles.
Ex-Duke hoops star Jay Williams suffered a horrendous crash in 2003 and still hasn’t returned to the NBA. Kellen Winslow, Jr., who by contract under the Cleveland Browns was barred from riding a motorcycle, didn’t play during the 2005 NFL season after his well-publicized tumble on his bike.
Then comes Roethlisberger with the highest-profile crash.
Three major accidents in three years would seem to create some public outcry in the sports world.
Unfortunately for Craft and many others, it doesn’t. Thrill-seeking athletes continue to buy motorcycles and make the argument that everything in life involves risks.
But there’s also something to be said for following the smart game plan and doing your best to limit yourself from tragedy.
If not for yourself, play the percentages for your family. Get off the bikes.That’s a golden lesson that Roethlisberger, unlike Craft, gets to ponder about as his broken bones heal.
And in the meantime, another athlete will get on a bike today — willing to trade it all for one more joy ride.


07-13-2006, 05:30 PM
Your a rider or your not! I dont believe when players use the excuse that they have money to burn so why not. I like the thrill of it. But SeaDoos or something liek that would be fine with me. Its a choice! Ben has the right, I don`t agree with him riding, but its the same brash confidence that he has on the field that makes him a winner. He has a wild streak in him, its something you cant tame.