Former Steelers coach used to try to give Ben Roethlisberger advice about off-field issues, but it was like talking to a brick wall.
‘But we’re winning games. We’re winning championships,’ ” Cowher recalls Roethlisberger saying. “‘What do you mean? Isn’t that what we’re here to do?’ “
“Yeah,” Cowher said to Associated Press on Tuesday, “but there’s more to it than that. It’s the whole body of work. It’s you as a person, what kind of
legacy you want to leave. I really think he understands that
Roethlisberger has said that he’s turned to Cowher this offseason, and the former Steelers coach believes his ex-quarterback listens to him now.
“There’s no question as a player he’s always been a great player,”
Cowher said. “But there’s a lot more to this professionally than that.
It’s how you carry yourself off the field. I think he realizes that now.
I really think you’re going to see a different person.”
Cowher says he appreciates all the support he’s received since the passing of wife Kaye, and that he’s trying to move on with the rest of his family. That could include coaching in the future.
“I certainly will look into situations with open ears,” Cowher said.