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fordfixer
04-02-2010, 12:44 AM
Steelers' Roethlisberger must act like a leader now
Friday, April 02, 2010
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10092/1047369-87.stm

Nobody knows what is going to happen to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It has been four weeks since a 20-year-old Georgia college student accused him of sexual assault, and there's no resolution to the case in sight.

Maybe investigators will decide they don't have enough evidence to prosecute Roethlisberger, and the whole sad, ugly situation will go away. Or maybe he will be charged of a crime and then suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the players' code of conduct. Or maybe Roethlisberger will be convicted, surely meaning the premature end of his days with the Steelers after two Super Bowls in his six seasons with the team.

Until the case is resolved one way or another, don't you want to see Roethlisberger get on with his life instead of remaining in virtual seclusion?

Don't you want to see him back at the Steelers' South Side headquarters with his teammates, getting ready for next season?

Isn't that where he belongs as a team leader?

Roethlisberger's absence Monday at the start of the Steelers' voluntary offseason conditioning program made all of the national news shows -- even on a day when the story broke that teammate Santonio Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII, was named in a civil lawsuit after an alleged assault incident March 7 at a club in Orlando, Fla.

Camera crews camped out at the team's compound, looking to get the first glimpse of Roethlisberger since he was accused of the sexual assault in Milledgeville, Ga., in the early hours of March 5. It was the second such allegation in eight months against Roethlisberger, who was accused of rape in a civil suit filed by a Nevada woman in July 2009. That suit, based on an alleged incident in Lake Tahoe a year earlier, continues to work its way through the legal system.

Apparently, Roethlisberger and Steelers officials decided his presence at the workouts and team meetings this week would be too much of a distraction for the rest of the squad. Coach Mike Tomlin has said he talks with Roethlisberger every day. But there's no word on when Roethlisberger will show up at the team's facility.

It needs to be sooner rather than later for a couple of reasons.

One, based on pictures taken of Roethlisberger on the night of the alleged incident in Georgia, it looks as if he could use the exercise. Did you see them? They are all over the Internet. Try to get past the shirt with Satan on it that Roethlisberger was wearing. Doesn't it look as if he weighs about 300 pounds? A camera can make you look heavier, but that was ridiculous.

And two, Roethlisberger needs to be with his teammates. It's OK if, say, wide receiver Hines Ward or safety Troy Polamalu doesn't make all of the sessions. Not so with Roethlisberger. He is the Steelers' leader, if only because he plays the most important position on the field. His teammates need to see him start preparing for next season as if he did nothing wrong. They need to know he is planning on being with them all season.

As for that distraction business, it will go away after one day. The media will be satisfied if they get their shots of Roethlisberger making the alleged-perp walk into Steelers headquarters. If he stops to take football-related questions -- as he did at training camp last summer after news of the civil suit broke -- great. If he doesn't stop and says later through a team spokesman that he can't talk about an on-going criminal investigation, that's fine, too. The media will move on and the Steelers can go about their business of trying to get ready for next season after what has been a brutal start to the offseason.

The next significant day for Roethlisberger -- at least as far as the Steelers are concerned -- is April 19. That is the first day of the team's organized team activities, which include practice sessions without pads. It's nice to think the Georgia case will be resolved by then. But if it's not, it doesn't matter. Roethlisberger needs to be there. His professional life must go on.
Ron Cook: rcook@post-gazette.com. Ron Cook can be heard on the "Vinnie and Cook" show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan. More articles by this author

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SanAntonioSteelerFan
04-02-2010, 01:01 AM
I agree with a lot of this.

Including the fact that Roethlisberger looks as if he's been working out at the Casey Hampton Memorial Buffet all off season. Actually, it kind of started in the middle of last season.

It'd be nice to see him come back all chiseled and hungry, wouldn't it?

hawaiiansteel
04-02-2010, 01:17 AM
why do some people think that Ben needs to start growing up?


http://letsblogsports.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/ben-roethlisberger-drunk-pittsburgh-steelers-quarterback-tall-receiver-hines-ward.jpg

stlrz d
04-02-2010, 07:19 AM
why do some people think that Ben needs to start growing up?


http://letsblogsports.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/ben-roethlisberger-drunk-pittsburgh-steelers-quarterback-tall-receiver-hines-ward.jpg

You realize that picture is from when he was in College, right?

rpmpit
04-02-2010, 10:18 AM
Is Ben a pro bodybuilder? No? Then who cares what he looks like??? Aside from injury, has he ever looked sluggish or sloppy on the field?

Brady Quinn is in excellent shape. I'm sure the Broncos would do a straight up trade.

Morons!!! :evil:

And I think Ben not being around has more to do with the team not wanting him there as a distraction. I think if he could, he'd be there. Just my opinion.

rpmpit
04-02-2010, 10:21 AM
I agree with a lot of this.

Including the fact that Roethlisberger looks as if he's been working out at the Casey Hampton Memorial Buffet all off season. Actually, it kind of started in the middle of last season.

It'd be nice to see him come back all chiseled and hungry, wouldn't it?

Ben has never been chiseled. Actually, even at his leanest, he still looks like he has girl arms :lol:

And if he did come back in awesome shape, everyone would accuse him of using steroids. Think about it.

BTW, I wasn't referring to you SASF in my other reply. I was referring to Cook, the writer of the article.

rpmpit
04-02-2010, 10:26 AM
GIRL ARMS:

YOUNG BEN
http://www.bigbennews.com/articles/img_2005/espnstainless.jpg

INTERMEDIATE BEARDED BEN
http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/p1_ben_pensive.jpg

RECENT BEN
http://www.bittenandbound.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/ben-roethlisberger-superbowl-champ.jpg

WoodleyofTroy
04-02-2010, 01:48 PM
Only positive to come out of the Holmes situation. Less heat on Ben.

Sugar
04-02-2010, 03:26 PM
Everybody's an expert. As long as the Steelers are cool with Ben and he is in contact with the team, why should I care what this writers opinion is?

hawaiiansteel
04-02-2010, 05:11 PM
why do some people think that Ben needs to start growing up?


http://letsblogsports.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/ben-roethlisberger-drunk-pittsburgh-steelers-quarterback-tall-receiver-hines-ward.jpg

You realize that picture is from when he was in College, right?



yes, i do.

and Ben still acts the same way today as he did in college...

Shawn
04-02-2010, 05:16 PM
Is Ben a pro bodybuilder? No? Then who cares what he looks like??? Aside from injury, has he ever looked sluggish or sloppy on the field?

Brady Quinn is in excellent shape. I'm sure the Broncos would do a straight up trade.

Morons!!! :evil:

And I think Ben not being around has more to do with the team not wanting him there as a distraction. I think if he could, he'd be there. Just my opinion.

$$$...it's almost like people want Ben to win a swimsuit contest or something. Ben has always looked a little pudgy. I could care less as long as he can throw a ball.

Shawn
04-02-2010, 05:19 PM
I agree with a lot of this.

Including the fact that Roethlisberger looks as if he's been working out at the Casey Hampton Memorial Buffet all off season. Actually, it kind of started in the middle of last season.

It'd be nice to see him come back all chiseled and hungry, wouldn't it?

Ben has never been chiseled. Actually, even at his leanest, he still looks like he has girl arms :lol:

And if he did come back in awesome shape, everyone would accuse him of using steroids. Think about it.

BTW, I wasn't referring to you SASF in my other reply. I was referring to Cook, the writer of the article.

Wait a second...at Ben's leanest his arms were still bigger than my legs...and he is girly? I don't like where this is going. Excuse me while I go work out a bit. :lol:

Ozey74
04-02-2010, 06:54 PM
why do some people think that Ben needs to start growing up?


http://letsblogsports.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/ben-roethlisberger-drunk-pittsburgh-steelers-quarterback-tall-receiver-hines-ward.jpg

You realize that picture is from when he was in College, right?



yes, i do.

and Ben still acts the same way today as he did in college...



I thought this photo was from the one free night out during Super Bowl week from when it was in Detroit.

His hair and beard was in full force that week. Plus he didn't start putting on weight until after he was drafted. All the photo's I've seen of him at Miami of Ohio he had short hair, a goa-tee, and slim in the face.

hawaiiansteel
04-02-2010, 07:42 PM
why do some people think that Ben needs to start growing up?


http://letsblogsports.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/ben-roethlisberger-drunk-pittsburgh-steelers-quarterback-tall-receiver-hines-ward.jpg

You realize that picture is from when he was in College, right?



yes, i do.

and Ben still acts the same way today as he did in college...



I thought this photo was from the one free night out during Super Bowl week from when it was in Detroit.

His hair and beard was in full force that week. Plus he didn't start putting on weight until after he was drafted. All the photo's I've seen of him at Miami of Ohio he had short hair, a goa-tee, and slim in the face.



i thought it was during his college years or very early in his career...either way these pictures don't help Ben's image at all...


http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/OVJ591rBg9ml.jpg

rpmpit
04-02-2010, 08:57 PM
I agree with a lot of this.

Including the fact that Roethlisberger looks as if he's been working out at the Casey Hampton Memorial Buffet all off season. Actually, it kind of started in the middle of last season.

It'd be nice to see him come back all chiseled and hungry, wouldn't it?

Ben has never been chiseled. Actually, even at his leanest, he still looks like he has girl arms :lol:

And if he did come back in awesome shape, everyone would accuse him of using steroids. Think about it.

BTW, I wasn't referring to you SASF in my other reply. I was referring to Cook, the writer of the article.

Wait a second...at Ben's leanest his arms were still bigger than my legs...and he is girly? I don't like where this is going. Excuse me while I go work out a bit. :lol:

Don't feel bad, Shawn. There aren't many of US who were blessed with brains AND brawn. Just remember, while doing your biceps curls to squeeze at the top :lol:

SanAntonioSteelerFan
04-03-2010, 02:27 AM
I agree with a lot of this.

Including the fact that Roethlisberger looks as if he's been working out at the Casey Hampton Memorial Buffet all off season. Actually, it kind of started in the middle of last season.

It'd be nice to see him come back all chiseled and hungry, wouldn't it?

Ben has never been chiseled. Actually, even at his leanest, he still looks like he has girl arms :lol:

And if he did come back in awesome shape, everyone would accuse him of using steroids. Think about it.

BTW, I wasn't referring to you SASF in my other reply. I was referring to Cook, the writer of the article.

No prob, pit. The only thing I was saying is that it looks like he is getting heavier and heavier. It doesn't matter how well he has played in the past while looking "non-chiselled", I worry that at some point excess weight will hurt his performance.

rpmpit
04-03-2010, 07:04 AM
I agree with a lot of this.

Including the fact that Roethlisberger looks as if he's been working out at the Casey Hampton Memorial Buffet all off season. Actually, it kind of started in the middle of last season.

It'd be nice to see him come back all chiseled and hungry, wouldn't it?

Ben has never been chiseled. Actually, even at his leanest, he still looks like he has girl arms :lol:

And if he did come back in awesome shape, everyone would accuse him of using steroids. Think about it.

BTW, I wasn't referring to you SASF in my other reply. I was referring to Cook, the writer of the article.

No prob, pit. The only thing I was saying is that it looks like he is getting heavier and heavier. It doesn't matter how well he has played in the past while looking "non-chiselled", I worry that at some point excess weight will hurt his performance.

I hear ya. And that is a valid concern. Especially the way Ben plays the game. He's not a drop back and release qb. But lets let Ben worry about this legal crap first. With that (hopefully) behind him, he can concentrate on football and getting himself physically and mentally prepared for the season.

frankthetank1
04-03-2010, 06:55 PM
other than maybe his rookie season ben has always acted like a leader. his leadership skills have been proven. he is a winner and one of if not the most clutch qb in the nfl right now. he needs to work on off the field ben not on the field ben. you really cant ask for a better qb on the field