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Old 12-31-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Roethlisberger now a Pittsburgh media favorite

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Roethlisberger now a Pittsburgh media favorite
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on December 30, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

Much of the backlash against Ben Roethlisberger following his sexual assault allegations had little to do with his troubling behavior towards women.

Stories floated around of Roethlisberger simply being a jerk: To fans, to waitresses, to women, to men, to fellow players, and to the media. (Many of these stories were published; many weren’t. His reputation was in place well before the investigation in Georgia.)

When Roethlisberger returned to the Steelers, he promised a different approach. And it appears he has mended fences with one subset of people he may have previously offended: The Pittsburgh media.

On Wednesday, the Pro Football Writers chapter in Pittsburgh gave Roethlisberger “The Chief Award.” The award is given annually to someone in the Steelers organization that exemplified “the spirit of cooperation” with the media shown by franchise founder Art Rooney. Roethlisberger is the first quarterback to win the award.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted the accomplishment in an article titled: “Roethlisberger a changed man.”
“I said I need to be more cooperative with people, be a better person,” Roethlisberger said. “As much as people like to joke, you [in the media] are people. And we treat you guys that way. It’s just a change I wanted to make in my life and it’s towards you guys as well.”
Real change is lasting, so it will be interesting to watch Roethlisberger over the next few years. For now, those who cover Roethlisberger the closest wanted to show their appreciation for the changes he’s made.
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Default Re: Roethlisberger now a Pittsburgh media favorite

OK, so the media have praised him for talking to them.

And that means what?

That he has their blessing?

That whatever he's done to change things is now "official"?

All that tells me is that if Ben did everything he needed to do to change his life and hit all of the right notes and did all of the right things --- but didn't issue a press release and kiss all the right asses, then no one would hear about it and that would mean it never happened.

So the media said, "Speak Ben, speak!"

And Ben said "Arf!"

And they gave him a cookie and said "Gooooood Boooooy"!


Ben must feel so proud.
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I think he's made a great effort all-around to make sure he's courteous and thankful to everybody involved. You've heard it from his teammates as well.
I applaud Ben for doing exactly what he said he was going to do at the start of the year. Congrats on the award!
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I think he's made a great effort all-around to make sure he's courteous and thankful to everybody involved. You've heard it from his teammates as well.
I applaud Ben for doing exactly what he said he was going to do at the start of the year. Congrats on the award!
I applaud Ben also... He's acting like a decent human being for once. Hooray !!!!! I'm going to make a holiday donation to George Costanza's Human Fund in his honor. ( People who know Seinfeld will understand ) !
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