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Old 06-15-2006, 05:22 PM   #1
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Roethlisberger issues statement
Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ben Roethlisberger was released from Mercy Hospital shortly before midnight on Thursday, less than three full days after being transported there by paramedics after a motorcycle accident.

Now continuing his recuperation at home with his family at his side, Roethlisberger issued the following statement:

"In the past few days, I have gained new perspective on life. By the grace of God, I am fortunate to be alive, surrounded by loved ones and lifted by the prayers and support of so many. I am sorry for any anxiety and concern my actions have caused others, specifically my family, the Steelers organization, my teammates and our fans.

"I recognize that I have a responsibility to safeguard my health in the offseason so I can continue to lead our team effectively. I never meant any harm to others nor to break any laws. I was confident in my ability to ride a motorcycle and simply believed such an accident would not happen to me. If I ever ride again, it certainly will be with a helmet.

"My deepest appreciation goes out to the Steelers organization and my teammates for the compassion they have shown me. The physicians and support staff at Mercy Hospital were simply amazing, and I will forever be grateful for their caring treatment.

"I want to assure everyone I am committed to a complete and timely recovery. I look forward to being at training camp in Latrobe and to winning football games this season."

http://media3.steelers.com/article/65307/
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Old 06-15-2006, 05:38 PM   #2
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Great to hear
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Man, this is great to hear. I'm sorry, but I was anxious to hear which way he might go. He took the high road with this statement, and I hope he sticks to it. Way to go, Ben!
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Welcome to the world of the living, Ben.

Hmmm He didn't say one word that he received an e-mail from me.
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Old 06-15-2006, 06:45 PM   #5
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Nice to hear something from Ben. Can't wait to see him back in action!
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sounds like he's got the right attitude
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But is he gonna go toothless? that's what I want to know.
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"If I ever ride again, it certainly will be with a helmet."

That part of the statement concerns me. This time around how about we wait until after we retire to ride again? That's great that you will wear a helmet if you decide to ride again during your career, but I don't see how a helmet protects both of your knees from being broken or your spine cracking in half. Maybe I'm in the minority here, but please just put the damn thing away until after your financially stable and your career in the NFL is over and done with.
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I don't think he will be riding for quite a while.
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I don't think he will be riding for quite a while.
As long as "quite a while" translates into "after my career is over" I'll be as content as Chris Henry in a gun shop.
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