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QB dads offer Roethlisberger advice on fatherhood

Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller AP

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced recently he was going to be a father.

But a collection of NFL quarterbacks told the Steelers quarterback on Father’s Day that the adventure he’s about to embark on will surpass anything he’s done on the field, and be far more challenging.

For example, Brad Johnson recalled driving home from the hospital with his newborn son Max, and immediately realizing he was more careful.

“It was careful driving,” Johnson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s J. Brady McCollough. “You talk about having your hands on 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. That’s God’s gift to my wife and I. You understood there’s no love that can get between you.”

Johnson’s driving analogy is perfect, because Roethlisberger’s never been a both-hands-on-the-wheel type. His off-field problems are well-documented, but as irresponsible as he’s been at times, sometime later this year he’s going to become responsible for another person.

And that’s something that’s going to complicate game-planning for the Ravens.

“We prepared for it,” Steve Beuerlein said, “but life throws you curveballs. You can plan out whatever, but that baby’s got a mind of its own. There were times during the season I’d come in after a bad night and the coaches could tell … ‘Rough night, huh?’ That’s just something you have to fight through.”

Roethlisberger’s had his share of those, but for different reasons. But in the coming months, it’s all going to change.

He’s about to take on his hardest, most-rewarding job ever, and the hope is that he responds to that challenge as well as he has the ones on the football field.

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13 Responses to “QB dads offer Roethlisberger advice on fatherhood”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 17, 2012 9:20 AM

    No motorcycles Ben…

  2. j0esixpack says: Jun 17, 2012 9:20 AM

    No man is complete until he’s married and has kids.

    Then he’s finished.

  3. legeisyaj says: Jun 17, 2012 9:38 AM

    Who cares about this guy? Guys, even football players, have kids every day. Big Ben is a Big Jerk and I couldn’t care less about what’s going on in his life. Shove off.

  4. EJ says: Jun 17, 2012 9:44 AM

    4 babies, 4 absolutely terrifying rides home from the hospital. 5 miles an hour under the speed limit, hands on 10 and 2, swearing under my breath and watching the road like a hawk. There is nothing like it!

  5. holeinone09 says: Jun 17, 2012 10:33 AM

    Hey kws767, then why did you waste your valuable in reading the story about Ben and THEN making a post? You are not only ignorant with what you said, you are stupid considering your comment. Get lost.

  6. jbuckland0421 says: Jun 17, 2012 10:34 AM

    “EJ says:
    Jun 17, 2012 9:44 AM
    4 babies, 4 absolutely terrifying rides home from the hospital. 5 miles an hour under the speed limit, hands on 10 and 2, swearing under my breath and watching the road like a hawk. There is nothing like it!”

    Couldnt of said it better myself!

  7. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jun 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    10 and 2? Pre-airbag advice….. gonna get Ben’s arms broken when they hit his forehead at 200 mph.

  8. blackcatnfl says: Jun 17, 2012 10:55 AM

    I do not believe for a second that this is his first kid.

  9. connie73 says: Jun 17, 2012 11:41 AM

    Do you realy think people forgot what he did. lol

  10. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 17, 2012 11:43 AM

    Karma dictates he has 3 daughters…

  11. abninf says: Jun 17, 2012 1:21 PM

    Became a Christan, got married and now a kid, all in the span of a year or two? The most extreme example of public relations repair I’ve seen.

  12. jimmer2372 says: Jun 17, 2012 1:25 PM

    KingCarl all will be good if he teaches them not to wear T shirts that say “DTF”.

  13. mbmixer says: Jun 20, 2012 7:51 AM

    Let’s hope bad behavior skips a generation

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