Roethlisberger using golf to prepare for 2012 season

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Earlier this year, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger claimed that he was working hard to get ready for the first NFL season after his 30th birthday.  In June, he’ll be hardly working.

Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports reports that Roethlisberger will head to Scotland and Ireland in June for a dozen rounds of golf.  And Roethlisberger has found a way to make it sound like something that will help him get ready for September.

“It is going to be pretty hardcore,” Roethlisberger told Rogers.  “I will be playing something like 12 courses in 10 days and they are some of the very best ones that you can find.  I’m going to the K Club, St Andrews, and a bunch of others.

“Golf is such a mental challenge, and as frustrating as it can be sometimes, it can definitely make you stronger.  Playing some great courses in a setting like Ireland and Scotland will be pretty awesome, but it is also a great way to keep your mind sharp.

“You really have to think your way around and get the grips with the course and the difficulties it offers you. I am a pretty cerebral guy, so it is perfect to have that kind of activity in the offseason that keeps your brain ticking.”

Setting aside for now the question of whether anyone but Roethlisberger would regard Roethlisberger as “cerebral,” there are plenty of ways to sharpen the mental focus that don’t involve something that looks and feels like an extended one-percenter golf vacation.

The good news is that this could help Roethlisberger find common ground with his new offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, who played not football in college but golf.  The bad news is that St. Andrews doesn’t have any trees that Ben can mark.  And the worst news would come if the “cerebral” Roethlisberger decides to treat the supposed business trip as a write off.

74 responses to “Roethlisberger using golf to prepare for 2012 season

  1. Funny that he has a lot to say about what the front office should do … but as for putting out the effort himself … that’s different.

  2. Who cares what he does in the offseason? I’m sure he’ll be ready to go. But sorry Big Ben, I don’t buy you as a “cerebral guy”. You’ve been known to make too many important decisions with the other head.

  3. When did PFT turn into open mic night for Florio? Please spare us the failed attempts at humor and opinionated reporting and stick to REAL news! So what Roethlisberger is spending his summer golfing. I can see questioning a Colt McCoy or Mark Sanchez but if Super Bowl winning QBs like Roethlisberger, Manning, Rodgers and Brees want to go snorkeling in the offseason who is Mike Florio to question them…idiot.

  4. It’s a shame he may never reach his full potential. He is obviously a good QB but he can be much better. I wonder what Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and other elite QBs do during the off-season. Every athlete deserves a break, my opinion comes from the many years. It is not just this 1 event. I hope we are all wrong and he puts the work in. Man, he’d be great if he had the wirk ethic of a Peyton Manning!!

  5. OJ used the nations golf courses in his hunt for the real killer…..mayber Big Ben is conducting a similar investigation.

  6. Two offseasons ago? Try to convince police he didn’t rape a college student. One offseason ago? Pay off victim who he raped in Tahoe. This offseason? Golf.

  7. “I am a pretty cerebral guy, so it is perfect to have that kind of activity in the offseason”

    Is he talking about golf or raping young college girls? If Ben thinks that he is a cerebral guy he is living in a fantasy world.

  8. Lol, if this was Tony Romo they would be all over him right now, i guess winning a superbowl excuses Ben from the same criticism, i can see it now Ben is a genius playing golf in the offseason vs Romo just cant seem to focus on football hahahah… Poor Tony cant catch a break.

  9. Please, don’t ever lead a story with his name in the off season. It could give a Stiller fan serious hysteria. (Especially when it’s page-filling nothingness.)

  10. Just like how Brady tried to justify his dance moves at the 2011 Carnival in Brazil would help him avoid getting sacked.

    I bet Florio wishes he was a stud QB that took all these great vacations!

  11. Let’s look at the ledger here: 2 Super Bowl rings, about $50 million or so in the bank (and he’ll double that in 3-4 years), lawsuits settled, new trophy wife, couple weeks of golf in Scotland and Ireland.

    Sounds as “cerebral” as he wants to be to me. Probably reads Scientific American when he’s not out shopping for foreign sports cars.

    Or would you rather he be a semi-retired-lawyer/football-blogger?

  12. I think he’s just over there because Europe is less stringent with their rape laws, in general.

    I don’t know if they actually are, but it works for with my rape joke so I’m going with it.

    Thank you.

  13. The Romo-ing of Roethlisberger. Let’s see how many have a problem with “Big Ben” having an off-season hobby.

  14. To true cerebral fellows his explanation is proof he is not the cerebral guy he thinks himself to be.

    I’m thinking just trying to remember how the reverse mechinism works on the golf cart is taxing enough.

  15. This is a joke right? Golf and Football couldn’t be any more polar opposites of each other. You keep preparing for the “mental aspect” and I can promise you Suggs and Ngata will be enhancing their strength and conditioning to break you, again.

  16. There’s nothing wrong with guys having (legal)fun on their time off. But really BR? Trying to act like golf prepares you for football so it sounds like work? Biiiiiiig stretch.

  17. I like it. 12 of the toughest courses in the world in 10 days would be a super hard challenge for anyone.

    He’ll start to drag after day 5.

    Interesting thing is he could still be thought of as the greatest QB of all time if the Steelers can rip off 2 or 3 more SB wins.

  18. Weak minded people just can’t leave the rape comments alone. Regardless if he was ever even charged or convicted. Nice effort.

  19. I think by cerrebral he meant rapey. And by getting mentally ready, he meant fatter. The steel curtain is taking a dump. Sorry Steelers fans but it looks like your championship days are going bye bye for a while with an off season workout schedule like this. At 30 he should be working twice as hard as he was when he came into the league. That’s the difference between an elite QB and one that gets by on the backs of his teammates.

  20. “I will be playing something like 12 courses in 10 days and they are some of the very best ones that you can find.”

    Even Shooter McGavin couldn’t pull that off Ben.

  21. Look at the gut on walrus boy. I mean really dude, hit the gym for cryin’ out loud. Golf? Really??

  22. It’s a shame he may never reach his full potential. He is obviously a good QB but he can be much better. I wonder what Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and other elite QBs do during the off-season. Every athlete deserves a break, my opinion comes from the many years. It is not just this 1 event. I hope we are all wrong and he puts the work in. Man, he’d be great if he had the wirk ethic of a Peyton Manning!!
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    You mean Tom Brady and Peyton Manning don’t play golf in the offseason? Huh? I thought they did. You mean NFL QB’s don’t ever take a week’s vacation in the offseason? I would think if they did, they would play better. The season is long and the job of an NFL QB is stressful. But hey, what do I know? I guess I’m wrong.

  23. I think Rapistbooger, along with Greg Williams, should be banned from the NFL for life. If they were not high-profile in the NFL, they would both be in prison.

  24. I played 10 rounds in Ireland in 10 days a few years ago. Ben is right that it is mentally challenging & requires great focus…BUT how does that translate to the mental challenges of the NFL??? Not at all if you ask me. Focusing on lie, distance, wind, elevations, undulations, etc…is nothing compared to focusing on defensive coverage schemes, protections etc…

    And oh by the way…every day of golf is completed with endless nights in the pubs downing Guiness & Jamieson & hard cider…again, not real conducive to training for professional sports.

    But I also don’t see how this will interfere with his season…I despise the guy, but maybe if you let him live his life without such scrutiny (other than when he is assaulting women) he wouldn’t have to conjure such BS to try & justify his activities.

  25. It could be worse. He could just sit around all day reading and commenting on gossip columns on the internet. Like us.

  26. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I always cringe when I hear how great a golfer Tony Romo is….

  27. Yes, Ben, we see how being a superior golfer has improved Romo’s game over the last few seasons … sigh.

    None of us begrudges you an off-season vacation. But I’d be delighted if you were “cerebral” enough not to keep making these idiotic comments to the press. Brady takes international vacations, but he’s also spent his entire career trying to best his own accomplishments on the field. He devotes himself to practice and film study and never gives opponents bulletin-board material. That’s why he’s a shoe-in for Canton. If you want to be the best, emulate the best.

  28. This just sounds like a way to make it look like he’s working out in the off season when he’s really not.

  29. I am shocked an outraged that a young man with millions of dollars would even attempt to have fun during the offseason. How dare he!

  30. Good for Ben, Glad to see he’s trying to sink his balls in golf holes this offseason as opposed to, well you know. Lock up your women, daughters, and sheep Scotland.

  31. @rodgers419 …

    As a Steelers fan, I love what Ben has brought to the field. But don’t be so sure he’s en route to Canton. The guy is one of the most naturally gifted quarterbacks in the game. But he got too much success too soon. Good for us–not necessarily good for him. He’s always figured he was good enough as it was so he didn’t need to do the extra work that could have made him great.

    I don’t believe we could have gotten to those Super Bowls without Ben. But he could have so much more to show for his career if he’d just put in the kind of work Brady and Peyton put in. I’m hoping having a serious OC like Haley–rather than his lapdog Arians–will make a difference. But he has to really want it. And he has to shrink his ego. When I read quotes like these, I question whether that’s even possible.

  32. Its the offseason, Im sure he isnt the only player that will be playing golf at some point.

  33. Love the silly people that assume these guys “don’t put the time in”. How on Earth do you know what they do to prepare for football? Do you stalk players or is your uncle’s mailman’s barber Mike Tomlin’s cousin and he told you Ben Roethlisberger is lazy and doesn’t prepare like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

    It’s the offseason, these guys get beat up, not sure how a little golf and down time translates into being lazy, unless your accountant’s sister’s plumber told you Tom Brady watches game tape and does P90X all offseason.

  34. Someone must have told Roethlisberger that cerebral means “boozing and raping underage girls.”

    In that sense, he’s right. He’s actually the most cerebral quarterback in the history of the NFL.

  35. @blindmansaidwhat …

    Sport, I’m not silly and I’m not assuming. My comments about the amount of time Ben spends on film study and practicing to improve the quality of his throwing motion and accuracy are based on quotes by him, his coaches, and teammates through the years; his game productivity and level of improvement since joining the team; and how much he improved during the brief time he had concentrated workouts with a quarterbacks coach during his suspension. Likewise, my comments about Brady are based on interviews with him, his coaches and teammates, and the trajectory of his improvement since coming into the league.

    If you actually study the game, you can pick up on the more subtle nuances of how players perform and whether they continue to improve or reach a set level and stagnate. But I imagine a know-it-all like you would find being a student of the game just … silly. 🙄

  36. Or Pittsburgh

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    juliusanonymous says:
    Apr 7, 2012 10:28 PM
    He’s hoping the rape laws will be equally as lax in Scotland and Ireland as they are in Georgia.

  37. That’s progress, no?

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    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Apr 7, 2012 11:02 AM
    Two offseasons ago? Try to convince police he didn’t rape a college student. One offseason ago? Pay off victim who he raped in Tahoe. This offseason? Golf.

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