Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who has made a great post-football living as a football analyst and commentator, has offered up some strong analysis and commentary regarding current Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“Our relationship is not any good,” Bradshaw said of Roethlisberger, in video available at ESPN.com. “When I told him to park the motorcycle, he got pissed. Then he had the accident, and since then he doesn’t like me, and I’m learning not to like him.”
Added Bradshaw, “He has got to realize who he is. He is an elite athlete in the National Football League. He’s got an image problem right now. Best thing to do is never put yourself in that position again.”
Bradshaw’s comments on his personal feelings regarding Roethlisberger aren’t unique. Several folks in the national media have shared with us details of unpleasant interactions with Roethlisberger. We realize that there are two sides to every story, but as we told someone regarding Browns coach Eric Mangini during a challenging 2009 season, his friends are silent and his enemies aren’t.
UPDATE: The full interview deserves a listen, including the part where Bradshaw acknowledges that the only reason women would flock to him and to Roethlisberger is because of their ability to throw a football. “I’m not that attractive,” Bradshaw said, “and neither is Ben.”