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lamberts-lost-tooth
07-15-2006, 04:30 AM
PITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger doesn't plan on doing public safety announcements for motorcycle or helmet safety following his accident last month.

"I don't think that's my place," the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said in a taped interview aired Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America."


"Some people feel that, you know, I probably should be doing that and being a big advocate for that," Roethlisberger said from Los Angeles. "But for me, I'm going to let people make their own decisions ... So I don't think you'll see me doing any kind of billboards or advertisements."


Roethlisberger had been in Los Angeles for the taping of the ESPY Awards. On Friday, he was slated to play in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Nevada.


Roethlisberger had seven hours of facial reconstruction surgery June 12 after ramming his motorcycle into a car that turned left in front of him on a Pittsburgh street.


Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose when his head smashed into the car's windshield and he was thrown over the car onto the pavement. He was cited for riding without a license and not wearing a helmet.


In Friday's interview, Roethlisberger said he sometimes wears his helmet, but on the day of the accident, he forgot it.


"I had just gotten my bike all custom done. It was painted up and it was really nice," he said. "I was supposed to take my helmet that day with me to get painted to match my bike so I could wear it all the time when I rode that bike and I totally forgot it."


Roethlisberger said he also forgot how his life is scrutinized by the public.


"I forgot that I have to live this life under the microscope and that people are always watching and criticizing everything that I do," he said. "I'm coming off two pretty good seasons in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl and 24 years old, and maybe this is God's way of saying, 'Hey, I can take it away from you at anytime so you better back off a little bit."


In the past two seasons, Roethlisberger helped the Steelers achieve a 27-4 record.


Roethlisberger said he has started working out and is now looking forward to training camp later this month.


"Now that I feel healthy and know that I am going to be OK, my only focus is football," he said. "So I've not even started to think about riding a motorcycle again. ... Once this season's over, maybe I'll start thinking whether I'll start riding again."

clevestinks
07-15-2006, 07:15 AM
Can`t blame him!

It is up to the individual. Many time we`ve heard people like Bradshaw and others warn Ben, and he didn`t listen. Its a matter of choice.

BlackNGold203
07-15-2006, 08:42 AM
"Some people feel that, you know, I probably should be doing that and being a big advocate for that," Roethlisberger said from Los Angeles. "But for me, I'm going to let people make their own decisions ... So I don't think you'll see me doing any kind of billboards or advertisements."


I loved this guy before the accident...I love him even more now.....

People making up their own minds???? People taking personal accountability for their own decisions and actions? Are you kidding me?? There are actually still people that do this??


Wow....preach on brother Ben....I'm with ya

klick81
07-15-2006, 11:04 AM
Yeah...i don't blame him either. I think he would come off as being kind of hypocritical if he did.

clevestinks
07-15-2006, 11:38 AM
You always hear about the motorcycles deaths each year, in the news. Whats not atlked about as much is the car accident deaths, probably 5 times as many, but there always just same old news.

slashsteel
07-15-2006, 05:31 PM
203 I agree 100%.

Nike's "justdoit" still rings of his persona. And besides wearing a helmet, I hope he doesn't go changing how he carries himself on and off the field. The one question that comes to mind is how will he handle his new look ? ? Some people can have a personality change, off of a bad accident. One that could carry over onto the field. At Latrobe I will be glued to how he performs and carries himself.............

SteelerzGirl
07-16-2006, 01:36 PM
At Latrobe I will be glued to how he performs and carries himself.............

I think Ben will "carry" himself quite well at training camp. He's da man, and he knows it! :smile:

Whatever Ben decides to do regarding helmet safety ads is up to him. It's his choice, and I respect that.

HometownGal
07-17-2006, 08:54 AM
"But for me, I'm going to let people make their own decisions

Right on the money. Though I am a big advocate of wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle, everyone is entitled to their own choices.

floodcitygirl
07-17-2006, 10:44 AM
It's about personal choice AND responsibility. If he hasn't made the decision for himself that he won't ride without a helmet then it would be hypocritical for him to advise others to do it. I'm sure that there are many that would like for him to make that choice because his experience would obviously be a great endorsement for that point of view. Regardless of my personal viewpoint, I do hope that IF he decides to ride a bike again while he is a part of the Steeler organization, that he will wear one.....he has a responsibility to do that because of his job. No doubt that that has been clearly pointed out to him! :smile:

ARKIESTEEL
07-17-2006, 11:43 AM
I wouldnt want the guy who crashed telling me how to be safe. Go find some dude that aint never banged up his bike to tell me how to ride