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Old 06-16-2006, 09:47 PM   #21
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Default Re: your first reaction to the wreck, emotionally

i didnt really kno much all i knew that he was in an accident soo all i thought was is he ok or alive!
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:07 PM   #22
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Now bear in mind I live in a small town, when the local news stopped reporting for a breaking news report and the newscaster was visibly shaken, as he was a Steelers fan too, as he was reading the report, all of us in the lunch room were shocked and couldn't believe it!! I looked at my boss and told him I was taking the rest of the day off to see what was going on and I would call with reports. We dont get any Pittsburgh channels where I live, so I had to rely on the internet for all of the facts. I was sick to my stomach, we all were. I also had a flood of cell phone calls, emails and phone calls. All I could think was let him be okay, not just to play again, but just to be okay.
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:51 PM   #23
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I was going WTF? THIS IS A BUNCH OF BULL****. **** IT! BE FALSE FOR EVERYONE'S SAKE
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Old 06-17-2006, 12:05 AM   #24
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I was at work and had my phone on vibrate and I heard it going off, but I was in the middle of things, so I let it go for a sec. I saw that my Aunt called me from Greensburg, PA and she never calls me during the weekdays..early. So, I thought at first something happened to one of my Grandparents. I went outside my office to check the voice mail, and she said "Not sure if you heard yet, but Our Big Ben was just in a motorcyle accident without a helmet, it seems pretty bad". I was in shock, I was worried for his well being, and angry too. I thought at first, geez this has to be really bad for my family to call me. I had a smoke and thought some more and hoped he really wasn't that bad, but was concered. I just think any motorcycle crash is bad with or without a helmet. So, I went back to my desk and checked online and in fact, it did happen. I checked off and on through the day thinking it was a joke. When I got home that night my other Aunt called me, asking what I thought of my QB and I said I didn't think it was his smartest move, but hope he will be okay. I'm just glad he bounced back so quickly. He had so much to lose and is so young. Hope right now he is resting and getting healthy. But, I'm still worried about him, just hope he does heal and one good hit in a game doesn't hurt him. He's young and tough. Just get well first and then come back. Couple guys in my office where making fun of the situation, thought that was tasteless. Yes, you don't have to agree with his decision, but don't make fun of it or say "he is stupid, who cares if he doesn't make it or ever plays again"! That really got me mad!! I'd never wish harm on someone else.
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Old 06-17-2006, 12:56 AM   #25
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I was crestfallen - - I was on another message board - - posting away (we don't get much Pittsburgh new in Hawaii) and one of my fellow Steelers' fans PM'd me to tell me that there had been an accident .... I immediately started surfing Steelers' and Pittsburgh sites.... I was sick to my stomach and so worried that I could not think of anything else nor do anything constructive all day Monday and all day Tuesday..... I got into a couple of arguments with non-fans who made some very disparaging remarks and ended up very upset.... I was so concerned about Ben's future - - not for the team, but for Ben..... All three of my grown-up kids took time during the day to call and make sure that I was okay..... They know me so well..... Several of my PIFs (Psycho Internet Friends) also called to check on me to make sure that I hadn't totally lost it..... They know me pretty well, too......

As the news started to improve a bit, I became cautiously optimistic.... I was waking up two and three times during the night to check the boards and the news - - almost like the weeks of playoffs!!!!! Steeler insomnia had struck again.... When I discovered that he had been discharged from the hospital, this sense of calm settled over me.... I am hoping that he will play for at least some of this season, but if he is not able to, I can be patient... Ben has a lot of good football left in him, and we can all look forward to that..... I just want for him to have a complete and total recovery..... And I don't want him on that darn bike again until he has retired from the game - - - and when he does go for a ride, I want him wrapped in bubble-wrap..... That's the grandma in me - - - it flares up when I think of someone that I care for doing something dangerous.....
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The media, of course, interrupted all regularly scheduled programming here in western Pennsylvania to give us the news of Ben's accident. I was shocked and felt sick to my stomach. Then I was mad because Ben wasn't wearing a helmet. Then I feared the worse when I saw the mangled mess that was his bike, the smashed windshield of the car, the large quantity of blood at the scene, and when they said he was bleeding profusely from the head. I really didn't think our beloved Ben was going to make it. My entire office pretty much shut down for the entire day waiting for updates on Ben's prognosis. My boss didn't believe me when I gave him the news, but once he looked at me and saw the expression on my face, he knew I wasn't joking around. It was a sad, sad day for all of us.
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I thought somebody was messing around

Was thinking the same at first, but then it was like, OMG. WTF now? Is he ok?
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:38 PM   #28
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First, is he alive?

Then anger mixed with sadness.

Completely agree. At first I didn't know if he was alive after looking at the accident and listening to the eye witnesses. And then I felt angry, but even more so sad and crushed, because I think of Ben as like one of my family members and I was completely hurt to hear that something like this had happened to him.
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thought my dad was joking when he called me on my cell phone. my friends around me asked if everything was ok with my family after the phone call. haha i guess the steelers are my family....i was really upset.
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I was sleeping and my Mom woke me up all upset. I thought I was having a bad dream at first. I turned on KDKA and saw the footage and I had a huge sinking feeling in my stomach. First question was did he survived? Then was is he going to be okay?
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