Roethlisberger hints baby is coming in two weeks

Reuters

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who rarely has been known to shy away from a dramatic story line, said before the season started that, if his wife is in labor on game day, he won’t be playing.

“I’m not missing the birth of my child,” Roethlisberger said at the time.  “There’s no chance.  I know some fans probably don’t want to hear that, but there’s no chance.”

But he wouldn’t say when the baby is coming.  During an interview on Friday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Roethlisberger hinted that it’s happening in a couple of weeks.

As Dan pressed for clues on what the baby’s name will be, Roethlisberger held firm.  “I’ll let you know in like two weeks,” he said, laughing.

In nine days, the Steelers host the Ravens.

Roethlisberger reiterated that he’ll be present for the birth, even if it means missing a game.  As we explained Thursday, the decision ultimately is the players to make.  He said that his teammates, coaches, and owner fully support him.

If it happens, we hope Steelers fans will support him, too.

Ravens fans definitely will.

71 responses to “Roethlisberger hints baby is coming in two weeks

  1. Hopefully its 12-14 days “2 weeks.”

    Best of luck to him whenever the baby comes though. Beating the ravens is just one of many victories for ben, being there for the birth of your child is a one time opportunity.

  2. Good for Ben…children are God’s gift to us…much more important than a football game…if we lose to the Ravens cause he can’t play, who cares…life goes on….Not that we would lose to the most overrated team in the NFL with or without him.

  3. Maybe the mother will drop the charges if Ben agrees to be a supportive influence in the baby’s life.

  4. The man has a job to play Quarterback, not be a Midwife. The team is going to be playing their main rival and competition for a slot in the playoffs and he wants to do something else. Times have changed for the “me” generation.

  5. buddy gets paid millions of dollars to play a GAME….one that involves at minimum 16 games a year….very short season, in which every game is important….yes being their for child birth is important….but so is your commitment to team, fans and your contract….

    many many many people do not have flexible jobs and end up missing such an important event….

    im sure your wife will be just fine…if you show up a few hours late after the game..everything will be fine..

  6. Yeah but would a player miss a playoff game or the super bowl for the birth of their child. If not then they have no business missing a regular season game because with a 16 game schedule each one is just as important as the other.

  7. I will probably get a bunch of thumbs-down for this, but I think the game is more important than the birth, especially for a premier starting quarterback. They are paid insanely large amounts of money for 16 days a year. Without a starting QB, a team will likely lose that game, possibly causing the team to miss the playoffs. This affects hundreds of other players and coaches and their families, but also a large fan base.

    Get over it, lots of people miss the birth of their children for their professions, whether it is military or a coal mine worker. For the sums of money you are paid and the implications of missing a game, you need to be there. Do your family planning better so your wife if not pregnant during the season.

  8. I dont understand the idea of a guy missing games. I am pro-family and I understand the birth of a child is a huge occasion. HOWEVER, these players work 16 weeks a year (not including training) and make massive salaries. One game can be the difference of making the playoffs, especially with a guy as talented as Roethlisberger. Owners shell out too much money and have too much at stake to have a guy miss a game. Its a part of the lifestyle that comes with being a pro athelte or celebrity…………..

  9. Modern medicine has induction which is planned -maybe look into it, millions of other people use it every day. If he does miss the game, who is playing quarterback – Batch, Leftwich, Tomlin, Haley ……? Who wants to bet the game he misses we lose. This is the only chance the Ravens have of beating us.

  10. kingmj4891 says:
    Nov 9, 2012 11:36 AM
    Yeah but would a player miss a playoff game or the super bowl for the birth of their child. If not then they have no business missing a regular season game because with a 16 game schedule each one is just as important as the other.
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    So, we’ve seen 9 Super Bowls already this year?

    SMH.

  11. Ok, I was going to try and let this go, don’t want to turn this into a women’s health forum, but mostlombardis, you are just flat out wrong. First of all, there aren’t even millions of babies born every day, let alone ones whose mothers were induced. Second, those who are induced, have scheduled c-sections, etc, are almost always due to some other medical issue that make continuing the pregnancy more of a risk than a benefit. Yes, I’m sure some doctors will bend the rules as a matter of convenience, but the rule of thumb is, as long as mother & child are healthy, the best place for the baby is the womb

  12. Steeler Nation, Ben and the team somehow have to do something so he plays the Ravens on Nov. 18. We could probably beat the Browns without Ben the following week, but Ben must play against Baltimore. Can anyone even imagine playing the Ravens at Heinz Field without Ben after last season ? This can’t be happening……

  13. What does Ayanbadejo think about all this? What if a player is married to his life partner and their dog is going to have puppies, so he skipped a game to be there. Would he get the same support? pets mean a lot to people these days especially to some types of married people – they are like their children. Let’s lead the way people. Forward!

  14. What is funny is to see the same names that complain when Vick is taken to task for his abhorrent torture of innocent, helpless creatures multiple times a week for 6 years but feel it’s OK to bring up situations that were never proven, had any charges brought or any convictions.

    It’s funny to bring up Ben’s past but don’t say “Dream Team” or bring up MV7’s sick behavior.

    GL to you & your wife Ben.

  15. I wish I could say I’m surprised at how many idiots think a football game is more important than the birth of your child. Probably the same people who make death threats on twitter.

  16. Unbelievable. Right in the thick of the AFC schedule with three division games and two games against the Ravens. I thought the refs in the Giants game were against us – now it’s Mother Nature trying to take us down, when will it end ? Will Ben even be able to focus on football after the baby arrives ? Truly remarkable timing.

  17. As a father I say the birth of your child is one of the most important things that will ever happen in any mans life. However, getting paid tens of millions of dollars to play 16 games a YEAR means you time your wife’s pregnancy to happen outside the Sept. – January time frame. Don’t be frivolous and then act like everyone else is a monster because you aren’t living up to the responsibilities you signed up for with your team. Congrats to Ben, but I REALLY hope your wife doesn’t go into labor on a Saturday or Sunday.

  18. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    Unbelievable. Right in the thick of the AFC schedule with three division games and two games against the Ravens. I thought the refs in the Giants game were against us – now it’s Mother Nature trying to take us down, when will it end ? Will Ben even be able to focus on football after the baby arrives ? Truly remarkable timing.
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    Wow. Just… wow.

  19. Two weeks is the game at Cleveland. Not trying to be condescending, but I imagine that Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich can probably hand the ball off to the tailback 50 times in Cleveland almost as well as Ben.

  20. This is probably the only comment I’ll ever leave. GOOD FOR BEN!!!! You people who say he needs to miss the birth of his child for the game probably don’t have kids of your own. Get over it, cause it the right choice. Family should always come before work.

  21. He goes to work at putting up stats and wins 16 days a year and gets paid many millions to do it. You’d think he would make sure the 9 month timeline would not fall directly in the middle of the season. Unprofessional.

  22. Hey as a ravens fan it would make for an easier challenge but it’s nothing without the guy there to make for the best rivalry in football. All respect goes out for a father doing what he has to no matter what he may be sacrificing to be there for their child. If he wasn’t everyone would be complaining how he’s a dead beat. Just saying. Anyone who gives a thumbs down to me should be ashamed of themselves. He’s only human.

  23. I also agree that the birth of your child is one of the most important events in anyone’s life, and should not be missed. I would encourage Ben to be there with his wife and child when it happens, and have no doubt he will be there when it happens.

    With that being said, in a worst case timing scenario, unless the baby is born within a few hours of game start time or during the game, I think it gives Ben the chance to be there and then play in the game. I assume his wife will give birth in a downtown Pittsburgh hospital but not sure. If so, it shouldn’t take Ben more than a few hours tops to get from the hospital (with police escort) to being on the field ready to play, I would think. So if the baby is born at least a few hours before game time, once he confirms everything is fine with wife and baby and calms down, I assume he then can consider attending the game with a clear conscience, and basically killing 2 birds with one stone (excuse the pun!). If it came down to that unique timing of course. But I doubt it will and things will work out fine.

    Good luck to Ben and wife!!

  24. People who are pro take game off for birth sure are intolerant of other peoples views on this. Name calling? If we don’t think like you we are idiots? I was in Afghanistan with a guy who’s wife gave birth while he was there and he didn’t make a big deal out of it. Was he a idiot?

  25. I’m not a parent and even I see how important the birth of your child is……I’ll be at the Ravens game and yes as a Steelers fan I will be disappointed to not see him play if it comes down to it BUT so what….I still recognize that his family is more important than a game…..sheesh!!!

  26. the1849ers says: Nov 9, 2012 12:54 PM

    He goes to work at putting up stats and wins 16 days a year and gets paid many millions to do it. You’d think he would make sure the 9 month timeline would not fall directly in the middle of the season. Unprofessional.
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    Everyone knows Ben can’t control the rage below.

  27. orangecrush78 says:

    “Owners shell out too much money and have too much at stake to have a guy miss a game.”

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    So what you’re saying is the decision is between the player and the owner.

    Yet, you infer that it’s wrong for the player to miss the game to be at the birth of his child.

    So which is it, a decision between the owner and player, or is it really about you, the fan?

  28. No problem solving skills at all, just have the wife at the stadium for the games, if the water breaks all they have to do is take her into the team locker room just before the little mongoloid’s head pops out, have Ben take a few plays off, if the baby is half as greasy as dad, it will slide right out, Ben may miss 1 series max.

  29. he needs to be there for first child.
    there going to have to do some heavy
    faking to beat RAVENS..
    THERE DONE!!!

  30. griblets says:

    So which is it, a decision between the owner and player, or is it really about you, the fan?

    I think they are intertwined. The owners care about the fans, money they bring in and especially WINNING and everything that goes along with that. It is also a decision by the employer and employee. If I was the owner, I would expect my guy who gets paid 11 million a season, would be there for every game. (Unless of a death.)

    I just happen to believe that being there on the days that matter most for your job come with the territory of being an athlete. Just like being on the road for holidays etc. It sucks, but its your job. No one forced him to sign a million dollar contract.

  31. He’s not having the baby on a Sunday. This is what you call having your cake and eating it too. Has anyone heard of C-section or inductions? This is where you plan when the baby is delivered. Sure he will look like an all American hero, but let see him in the doctors office when it comes to pick a day for the induction. My guess is the Doctor don’t work on Sunday’s I will even go further I bet it happens the day after a home game! anyone want to take that bet.

  32. This could really suck, especially if it is against the Ravens. What hurts almost as much is there is no way of preparing for the exact date, so Ben could take the usual 80-90 percent of the snaps in practice for the week and then all of a sudden Leftwich gets thrown to the wolves.

  33. Anyone who says that a pro athlete should put team over family is an idiot! Ask yourself what are you priorities? Would you put family over work? Athletes don’t owe you ANYTHING!!! Stop trying to live through them!

  34. They shouldn’t be talking about it anyway. Just shut up about it and keep it between you and the team. This is like saying “what ever – I do what I want”. If it happens then talk about it, but why srtur the hornets nest? Do they feel like they are being mistreated and have to get the word out? Maybe Ben should take the ‘busa out for a ride without a helmet again. that’s so cool when people buy high performance motorcycles and then ride them like they are cruisers. lol! D-word!

  35. My father was a pediatric surgeon. I sure hope that if there was a preemie who needed an operation while I was being born, he’d go do that instead of doing something that a) I would never remember b) has nothing to do with his being a good father (which he is). I’d respect him more for being responsible and prioritizing the event that would effect the most amount of people since it effects his own newborn absolutely zero. And as for wifey, I would hope she would understand that her lifestyle is due to what her man does for a living and chalk it up to being part of the deal. And I’m a woman.

  36. Roethlisberger has never played an entire 16-game regular season, which means he’s used to being paid (except for that four-game suspension in 2010) without actually playing.
    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: If he’s compelled to miss a game, he then should not be paid for the game that he misses. He’d end up forfeiting about $800,000.
    Pretty simple.

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