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RuthlessBurgher
09-06-2012, 01:38 PM
My devotion to my kids runs far deeper than my devotion to the Steelers...I would support Ben 100% on this decision if this happens.


Ben Roethlisberger: I値l miss a game if my wife goes into labor
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 6, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger痴 wife is pregnant, and he says that if she goes into labor on a game day, he痴 missing the game.

Roethlisberger said in an interview on Wednesday, and reiterated in a post on his personal website on Thursday, that if he is forced to choose, he will choose being there for the birth of his son over being with the Steelers.

的知 not missing the birth of my child, Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 典here痴 no chance. I know some fans probably don稚 want to hear that, but there痴 no chance.

If Roethlisberger chooses to miss a game for the birth of his child, he won稚 be the first NFL player to do so. In 1993, Houston Oilers offensive tackle David Williams skipped a Sunday game because his wife gave birth the night before, and the Oilers were furious: They docked him his game check, and Oilers offensive line coach Bob Young said that he had personally skipped the birth of his own child for a football game and was outraged that Williams wouldn稚 do the same, saying of Williams, 滴e let the guys down, and he let hundreds of thousands of fans down.

The culture of the NFL and of American society has changed enough in two decades that Roethlisberger probably won稚 face such a harsh denunciation if he does miss a game. But Roethlisberger said he and his wife who have declined to reveal publicly when she痴 due are going to attempt to make it work so that she doesn稚 give birth on a day the Steelers are playing.

展e値l do everything we can to make sure it doesn稚 happen, Roethlisberger said.

But if it does happen, either Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch will be starting at quarterback for the Steelers that day. Because Roethlisberger has decided that he痴 going to prioritize being a husband and father over being a quarterback.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/06/ben-roethlisberger-ill-miss-a-game-if-my-wife-goes-into-labor/

flippy
09-06-2012, 02:05 PM
What if she's due on SuperBowl Sunday?

Slapstick
09-06-2012, 02:23 PM
What if she's due on SuperBowl Sunday?

Then you induce a week prior...

The baby would still be full-term and, provided that both mother and child are healthy, all will live happily ever after...

flippy
09-06-2012, 02:27 PM
Then you induce a week prior...

The baby would still be full-term and, provided that both mother and child are healthy, all will live happily ever after...

Good point. Then why not induce on a Tuesday so Ben doesn't have to miss a game?

steelblood
09-06-2012, 02:53 PM
My wife poops out kids like they are going out of style and most of them look like me. Can I get a week's vacation?

Ghost
09-06-2012, 02:59 PM
Good point. Then why not induce on a Tuesday so Ben doesn't have to miss a game?

We’ll do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen,” Roethlisberger said.

I gurantee this kid's not being born on a Sunday. Barring complications -It's already scheduled. A C-section is no big deal. My wife had one. Quick cut and then a kid.

Oviedo
09-06-2012, 03:03 PM
My devotion to my kids runs far deeper than my devotion to the Steelers...I would support Ben 100% on this decision if this happens.



http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/06/ben-roethlisberger-ill-miss-a-game-if-my-wife-goes-into-labor/


Absolutley. How can you not support Ben for loving his wife and unborn child? Having a baby is not a no risk proposition. Even with today's medical technology a lot can go wrong. Can you imagine if the baby was born with a problem and Ben wasn't there how awful that would be.

Heck people blindly support Wallace for being nothing more than greedy. I can't imagine someone not fully supporting Ben in this matter about something that really means something.

Oviedo
09-06-2012, 03:06 PM
Good point. Then why not induce on a Tuesday so Ben doesn't have to miss a game?

Inducing a birth is not suppose to be a convenience matter. It should be for medical needs and it is not risk free.

Slapstick
09-06-2012, 03:08 PM
My wife poops out kids like they are going out of style and most of them look like me. Can I get a week's vacation?

That sounds vaguely like a threat that my father used to use:

"I could kill you right now, then go inside and make one that looks just like you. Remember that."

Ah, memories....

Slapstick
09-06-2012, 03:09 PM
Inducing a birth is not suppose to be a convenience matter. It should be for medical needs and it is not risk free.

Neither are C Sections, but that doesn't stop people from scheduling them for convenience...

Shawn
09-06-2012, 03:17 PM
My wife poops out kids like they are going out of style and most of them look like me. Can I get a week's vacation?

LOL! I hate when my wife poops out kids. :)

Shawn
09-06-2012, 03:18 PM
PS: I totally agree with Ben on this one.

fezziwig
09-06-2012, 05:26 PM
I agree with Ben. I am still mad at myself with the birth of my second daughter that, I did not remain at the hospital after she was born. My daughter was born with DownSyndrom and I was in shock ! I was angry with myself and God and I thought I must have done something wrong in my life for this to happen. I didn't even hold my daughter because I felt I failed her. I stuck around for a while and I walked out stunned and went back to work. Two hours later I gathered myself up and I went back to the hospital. My wife was okay with it all and knew I was really leaving to cry my eyes out.
I agree that not every birth goes like clock work and you should be there. On the other hand if this is the playoffs then, Ben needs to play football. They can afford a cam cord and if not, I'm sure the Pariots have one or two they can borrow.
I don't like the fact that Ben makes these comments and then doesn't tell anyone when they believe the baby will be due. Seems more like the drama stuff he likes to stir up.

feltdizz
09-06-2012, 05:26 PM
I can respect this... but I wish she had that kid when we had the SF game last year.... lol

fezziwig
09-06-2012, 05:28 PM
I can respect this... but I wish she had that kid when we had the SF game last year.... lol


:D good stuff !

fordfixer
09-06-2012, 07:35 PM
Hi I'm Ford fixer and I support Ben in this decision. Thank you:tt1:tt1

Djfan
09-06-2012, 08:48 PM
I only regret that I wasn't there for the birth of my stepson, whom I was blessed enough to meet shortly there after. There have been many times I want to be there as I escort him out of this world, so I wish I had been there to escort him in.

:P

Starlifter
09-06-2012, 09:16 PM
I do have some experience with schedules and births that might help Ben out. If anyone knows him, feel free to pass this along.

During my active duty military days I was scheduled for a PCS (permanent change of station) to a new base. Unfortunately my wife was within 4 weeks of delivery and the military doctors wouldn't let us move until we had the baby. We tried the walks, the bumpy roads, something called scraping the membrane (yuck) - no effect. When I thought all hope was lost the doctor sat me down and said 'son, there's one fullproof way outside of drugs to induce labor, have sex every day'.

It only took 6 days straight of 9 month pregnant sex but labor did indeed begin. Dear god...........the horror of that week lives with me still.

If I were Ben, I'd just miss the damn game.

fezziwig
09-06-2012, 09:52 PM
I only regret that I wasn't there for the birth of my stepson, whom I was blessed enough to meet shortly there after. There have been many times I want to be there as I escort him out of this world, so I wish I had been there to escort him in.

:P



Ha ! Ha ! That's what my friends father used to say to him. " I brought you into this world and I can take you out of this world. "

fezziwig
09-06-2012, 09:54 PM
Okay her's another question or right to the point. What if it is the playoffs or the Super Bowl ? Do you guys still think Ben should miss these games ? Or just a regular season game we need to win to gain our only chance for the playoffs or to win the division ?

NorthCoast
09-06-2012, 10:05 PM
Your God, your family, your country, your job.... in that order.

Discipline of Steel
09-06-2012, 10:09 PM
Family over all.

fezziwig
09-06-2012, 10:15 PM
As Modell probably has found out by now, God is a Steeler fan so there is a precedence there. I'll be honest with you all and I know what my wife would want and it would be what I would do if it was me during the playoffs or the Super Bowl. I would play the game and watch the movie later. Maybe the NFL can have the labor and birth up on the stadium big screen so Ben and everyone can watch it. Of course, Ben would have a head set on to talk to her between plays. I can hear him now yelling Hike ! Hike !
He just better hope Lima Sweed hasn't begun his lifes work as a delivery nurse or anything to do with his kid. Lima would drop him.

fordfixer
09-06-2012, 11:16 PM
Your God, your family, your country, your job.... in that order.
X2....................

pittpete
09-07-2012, 12:23 AM
Wow, thats great Ben, now can we play the first game first

hawaiiansteel
09-07-2012, 12:59 AM
New man, older body: the Steelers' Big Ben at 30

September 6, 2012
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Steelers fans know by now their quarterback will become a father this year. Ben Roethlisberger revealed the news on his website in June.

What he did not divulge, and still has not, is when his baby boy is due. The delivery is expected sometime this fall, perhaps even on the first Sunday of December when the Steelers visit Baltimore.Surely, for such a potentially crucial late-season game against the Ravens, Roethlisberger will ...

"I'm not missing the birth of my child," Roethlisberger said emphatically. "There's no chance. I know some fans probably don't want to hear that, but there's no chance."

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No, the fans likely do not want to hear that, but him saying it shows how far he has traveled as he enters his ninth pro season. He not only makes the transition from Big Ben to Big Dad, but he also discovered an ability to put his life into perspective. There was a time, fans might recall, when he was not so good at doing that. And if he misses a game for the birth of his son? You might remember him missing four games a few years ago for not-so-noble reasons.

"We'll do everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen," Roethlisberger said of trying to avoid a game-day birth.

But if that's not enough? Oh, well, Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch will just have to take care of business that day. This is not your 2010 Big Ben. He's 30. He's married. He has a college degree. He'll be a dad. He's different.

"It's exciting,'' Roethlisberger said of impending fatherhood. "There's a lot of things you don't think about. It's kind of like when you're younger and you want to play quarterback in the NFL, all you think about is playing quarterback, you don't think about the interviews and the little things you have to do. It's kind of the same thing.

"When you're going to be a father, all you think about is having this little baby, you don't think about the registry, the room, the diapers, all the little things that go along with it. It's exciting and it is a little bit scary, too. It is.

Before long, you're going to have this little life that you're taking care of. But I've heard nothing but great things from people [about] just how it will change your life. I'm just so excited for that challenge."

There also is the matter of turning 30 and the psychology -- not to mention physiology -- that goes with it. It is not a number most athletes enjoy because, while it often means they are at peak performance in their careers, it also signals the downside is not far off. Many athletes flourish after they hit 30 -- linebacker James Harrison among them with the Steelers. Many wash out soon thereafter.

"I can't really say the day I turned 30 it took me a little longer to get out of bed," Roethlisberger said, "but every year it does."

Roethlisberger has been sacked 350 times, not counting the preseason. He has run another 350 times from scrimmage. He has been hit and decked countless other times after throwing the football. He has broken many bones, from nose to toes (plus a thumb and a foot and, we think, a rib or two), had a concussion, a high ankle sprain, a torn knee ligament, lost his appendix, and there's still that "little torn rotator cuff" in his right shoulder.

He could have died in a motorcycle accident that left him with a broken jaw and sinus cavity, a nine-inch cut on the back of his head and fewer teeth. Lately, he bounces up quicker from his sacks than he does his sack at home.

"It takes you a little bit longer to get out of bed," Roethlisberger said. "You get up, everything kind of cracks and pops first. I can't just get right out of the car and go and play golf, actually I have to hit a couple balls first now.

It's just getting old. Just everything, you have to kind of get going now. I think that's just ntural."

So, 30 is a big deal for him or not?

"Yes and no. I look at it as, OK, this is my ninth year, which is a blessing in itself for a football player, especially a quarterback. How much longer will I play? I don't know, no one knows that except the man upstairs."

It is Ben Roethlisberger's ninth season. Ninth? It was just yesterday he was the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

"A part of me says, OK, usually a good number you think about is 13, 14 seasons. I think that's a good, long number. Obviously, you get those 19s, 20s, so in that sense you sit there and say, OK, another five or six years. 'Boy I'm in the, quote-unquote, back end of my career.' "

But then he thinks of his boyhood idol, another No. 7, who did not win a Super Bowl until he turned 38. John Elway finished with a flourish, winning two, and then he retired.

"In that sense, it's like 'Wow, OK, I may be seeing the finish line way, way down there, hopefully.' "

And there's another positive thought ... "Maybe now it's time you start playing your best ball."

For the record: "I feel great. When I'm on the field, I feel great mentally, I feel sharp, I don't feel I've lost any of my arm strength, I don't feel I've lost any of my movement. I feel sharper than ever.

"Just because you're getting quote-unquote 'older,' you're getting late in your career, doesn't mean that your play has to diminish."

He has been Elway-like in his swashbuckling attitude at the position; if he cannot find an open receiver, he will run around until one gets open. Steelers president Art Rooney II, noting Ben's birthday this year, offered in January that it may be time for him not to run around as much, to take better care of his 30-year-old body so maybe that career can be extended. New coordinator Todd Haley has been drumming that into him. Roethlisberger agrees, to a point.

"Elway didn't move around a lot late -- but he did just enough. That's kind of the philosophy I figure I may have to take. Every year, you have to do what you have to do. I may not be running every single play, getting out of the pocket, but, you know what, sometimes you're going to have to get out of the pocket, get down. I may not be running anybody over as I get older, but get down and do the things you have to do to win."

So, how's that relationship with his new coordinator? Roethlisberger and former coordinator Bruce Arians, who was let go, were close. Things seemed to get off to a frosty start soon after Haley was hired, and days passed before the new coach talked to his quarterback. Haley has a reputation of getting under the skin of some of his players, but so far things have gone well between him and Roethlisberger. Of course, things really don't count until they start playing for real Sunday night in Denver.

"Obviously, things got blown up early on," Roethlisberger said of the reaction to the early and brief silence between the two. "It really has been good, it's been a good ebb and flow, talking, changing things. He's been open to hearing some change; I've been open to changes from him. So, it's been really good. Every day we learn something new about either each other, the relationship, the offense, something. We take it, we run with it and we're not looking back."

Roethlisberger paused before answering if he likes the new offense.

"Ahhhh, yeah. I think it gives us great opportunities to use the weapons we have. Whatever system I was in, whether it was [Ken Whisenhunt's] or Bruce's, this training camp, the point of it is to put almost everything you possibly can put in. Then, once you get week to week [during the season] everything is different. Once we start getting week to week, we'll see how the game-planning starts going, the play-calling in the game."

But Rooney and Tomlin did not change coordinators so the offense would get worse. It should improve. Roethlisberger should improve as he heads into his prime, too. At age 30, this should be his best season.

Right?

"I mean, I hope so," said the quarterback whose goal is to have more rings than Terry Bradshaw. "I would say yes. The only part that makes me a little nervous to right away say yes is because it's new stuff. If coach Haley had come in and kind of kept a lot of the stuff that was kind of familiar, then I would be like, yeah, we'll just keep the ball rolling.

"I did have to take a quick step back because you're learning some new things. But, as we're learning, now you say OK, the train is starting to go again. The train can't just go 0 to 60, the wheels have to start moving and then moving real fast."

Provided they do not come off.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/new-man-older-body-the-steelers-big-ben-at-30-652012/#ixzz25kURWGC3

flippy
09-07-2012, 01:47 AM
NFL can have the labor and birth up on the stadium big screen so Ben and everyone can watch it.

to the tune of Renegade.

and Jimmy Hate strip sacking the doctor of the baby.

and Troy catching the baby by the skin of his finger tips.

and Lamar Woodley diving and rolling over and picking up the baby and rumbling into the endzone with the baby.

and Lawerence Timmons hitting the delivery nurse so hard the baby flies up in the air, and everyone's scarred cause the only one with a chance to catch the baby is Ike T.

and the baby's like, no problem, i can handle this and goes all Doogie Hoswer and enrolls in Swaggin U.

And by the time he's 3, we see the intros on NBC and in place of Ben, we see Baby B, Swaggin.....

And we're on our way to Lombardi 11....

papillon
09-07-2012, 07:01 AM
Umm, lets see, March, April or May, don't the Roethlisbergers own a calendar? or, know that gestation for a homo sapiens is about 280 days? However, since a calendar wasn't handy when they decided to start a family I support Ben to miss a game, any game for the birth of his child, including playoffs and Super Bowl.

Pappy

williar
09-07-2012, 10:25 AM
I wouldn't expect anything less, even from Ben whose intelligence I have often questioned.... I just wish he would have excercised some of that same conviction when trying to play hurt knowing he would be hurting the team.

phillyesq
09-07-2012, 10:28 AM
Umm, lets see, March, April or May, don't the Roethlisbergers own a calendar? or, know that gestation for a homo sapiens is about 280 days? However, since a calendar wasn't handy when they decided to start a family I support Ben to miss a game, any game for the birth of his child, including playoffs and Super Bowl.

Pappy

Yeah, I realize that things happen, but I also have to wonder about the planning, or lack thereof.

Also, not to sound insensitive, but I didn't see a mention of foregoing a game check. I realize players practice for most of the year, but Ben is essentially paid to perform for 16 -20 games per year. And really, with the defense on the field roughly half the game, he's paid to perform for about 24 hours a year. If Ben wants to take a game off for personal reasons, he should, at a minimum, forego a game check and return the appropriate pro-rated portion of his signing bonus.

papillon
09-07-2012, 10:38 AM
Yeah, I realize that things happen, but I also have to wonder about the planning, or lack thereof.

Also, not to sound insensitive, but I didn't see a mention of foregoing a game check. I realize players practice for most of the year, but Ben is essentially paid to perform for 16 -20 games per year. And really, with the defense on the field roughly half the game, he's paid to perform for about 24 hours a year. If Ben wants to take a game off for personal reasons, he should, at a minimum, forego a game check and return the appropriate pro-rated portion of his signing bonus.

My comments about the calendar and gestation period were tongue in cheek. It seems they attempted to plan for a summer baby, but were off by a month or two, there are many reasons for that. As long as the Pittsburgh Football Steelers are fine with Ben taking a "day" off, I'm fine with it as well, since I don't have to pay him.

Pappy

Steelgal
09-07-2012, 11:16 AM
As someone who's gone through labor and delivery 3 times, I agree with others here. He should miss any game for the birth of his child. Nothing can replace the birth of a child. He may be a NFL player for 10-15 years, but your always a parent. I wouldn't ever want to have to tell my child "Sorry, I had a big game against the Ravens, so chose to be there instead."

fordfixer
09-07-2012, 03:27 PM
As someone who's gone through labor and delivery 3 times, I agree with others here. He should miss any game for the birth of his child. Nothing can replace the birth of a child. He may be a NFL player for 10-15 years, but your always a parent. I wouldn't ever want to have to tell my child "Sorry, I had a big game against the Ravens, so chose to be there instead."
Thanks for your input but I don't think anyone would blame you for being at the birth of your kid:p
:-) :-) :-)

Oviedo
09-07-2012, 03:48 PM
As someone who's gone through labor and delivery 3 times, I agree with others here. He should miss any game for the birth of his child. Nothing can replace the birth of a child. He may be a NFL player for 10-15 years, but your always a parent. I wouldn't ever want to have to tell my child "Sorry, I had a big game against the Ravens, so chose to be there instead."


So far you are the only "expert" opinion that has been posted. I totally agree. Short of being away at war you don't miss this.

RuthlessBurgher
09-08-2012, 02:47 PM
I was present for the birth of my firstborn son. The doctors decided to induce 2 weeks prior to my wife's due date, because my son appeared to be quite large (like 95th percentile or something like that), so they decided it would be smart to take him a bit early rather than waiting full term for him to get even bigger. No problems there (he actually ended up being substantially smaller than they were predicting based on the ultrasound measurements...go figure).

However, I was not there for the birth of my daughter, the second of our two kids. The doctors noticed that she had a single umbilical artery, which could lead to some potential complications, so they scheduled a C-section this time around. Two weeks prior to the scheduled C-section, my wife went in for a routine visit the obstetrician...I was at work like any other day. The doctor noticed that my daughter's heartbeat wasn't as strong as it should be that morning, and worried about the possibility of the umbilical cord possibly being around her neck. They immediately whisked my wife away for an emergency C-section, and she called me at work from her cell phone while being wheeled to the O.R. on a stretcher...we were on the phone for maybe 15 seconds trying to explain to me what was happening before she had to hang up. I quickly called my parents (who called her parents, my sister, etc.), before leaving work abruptly to get to the hospital. It would normally be a 30-35 minute drive from my office to the hospital. I planned to drive faster than normal to get there sooner than that, but someone had other plans...a tractor-trailer carrying apples was overturned on the highway, so it took me about 1 hour 20 minutes to get there, and therefore I missed everything. My father and sister were already there with my daughter when I finally arrived, so they both saw the baby before me. I then went to the recovery room to be with my wife as she woke up from the anethetic. I did see my daughter before my wife did, because she was obviously under for this entire ordeal. That certainly sucked, but ultimately everything turned out alright for us (everyone was healthy and happy, in spite of that sudden crazy scare).