A day later, Ben Roethlisberger wants his son to be a golfer

AP

In the moments after Monday’s win over the Bengals — in a game which saw two players stretchered off the field and one of his teammates hospitalized — Ben Roethlisberger chalked it up to “AFC North Football.”

But with time to reflect, he seemed to realize how brutal it was, and it apparently made him think about his own future again.

During his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan the next day, Roethlisberger was more circumspect, considering Ryan Shazier remains in a Cincinnati hospital being treated for a spinal injury.

“People get all over me for saying you have to contemplate every year on if you want to keep going,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Plays like this make you really evaluate things.

“That’s why I say it’s a smart thing to do. It’s a violent game. And this game [against the Bengals] always seems to be that way. It’s crazy this sport we play.”

He also thought about his own family’s athletic future.

“When we talked in the offseason about evaluating and making sure, these are the reasons,” he said. “Having kids . . . I hope my son plays golf.

“If he wants to play football, that’s fine, too. But it’s a tough sport. It’s not for everyone. If he wants to do it, I’ll encourage it. If he doesn’t, I’m just fine with that as well.”

He admitted it was difficult to keep his thoughts on the game Monday, instead thinking of Shazier and his family. But the reality of his setting couldn’t be avoided.

“When you’re out there, you’re worried about him and his health, but you also understand that you have to continue to play a football game and you have to give your focus to that,” Roethlisberger said, “because if you’re not focused and in tune to what’s going on out there, you can get hurt as well.”

While such comments are a natural human reaction to seeing a co-worker taken off the field on a backboard, Roethlisberger’s own comments about retirement in the past will open that topic again this offseason.

17 responses to “A day later, Ben Roethlisberger wants his son to be a golfer

  1. “While such comments are a natural human reaction to seeing a co-worker taken off the field on a backboard”

    What about Browns post game locker room behavior after that incident? What does it mean to celebrate another players injury while your teammate lay in a hospital? He was YELLING karma to explain why Burfict got hurt and laughing how he was paying JuJu’s fine.

  2. I remember when Archie Manning said the same thing about his kids 40 years ago. Peyton did have that neck injury, so maybe they should have listened to their dad. But you know how kids are. They don’t listen to their dad. But seriously, who wouldn’t want their kid to be a golfer? Ben can afford the lessons and the greens fees too.

  3. jxt2521 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 6:45 am
    “While such comments are a natural human reaction to seeing a co-worker taken off the field on a backboard”

    What about Browns post game locker room behavior after that incident? What does it mean to celebrate another players injury while your teammate lay in a hospital? He was YELLING karma to explain why Burfict got hurt and laughing how he was paying JuJu’s fine.
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    Not excusing what he said, but Burfict was immediately moving after the hit and reportedly was walking around and “angry” he was carted off vs walking off on his own. Much different than being taken to the hospital and not having any movement in your lower half. Also that player (55) deliberately cheap shotted Brown in the head a couple seasons ago causing him to miss a playoff game with a concussion. Yeah…he probably had some hard feelings toward him.

  4. Gotta love Bengals fans. They love taking comments out of perspective. I guess if you never win anything on the field you gotta at least win the comment section…

  5. Feel for him. After my son had 4 concussions between football, lacrosse and wrestling the schools head trainer was smart enough to order him to join the golf team!

  6. Lil’ bennie just stabbed the nfl in the back.

    How can the nfl and their crooked referees keep giving all those freebie flags
    to a guy who doesn’t support ‘the shield’?!?

    LOL!!! A golfer!!!
    Could he name a more weak, less manly sport?!?

  7. These hits were highlight reel material just 10 years ago, so can we quit with the fake outrage here.

    Gronk was over the top, but these were, for the most part, no different from what was highly celebrated not long ago. Were we outraged back then, or are we faking it now?

  8. charliecharger says:
    December 6, 2017 at 7:10 am
    I remember when Archie Manning said the same thing about his kids 40 years ago. Peyton did have that neck injury, so maybe they should have listened to their dad.

    Yeah, Peyton could have sold insurance instead of making zillions playing football and getting paid by insurance companies and pizza joints to use his name. Golf wouldn’t work for Payton anyway. There’s no refs to call DPI when he shanks a drive. The rules of golf wouldn’t have been altered to suit his needs. No Polian to manage the rules for him.

  9. jxt2521 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 6:45 am

    “While such comments are a natural human reaction to seeing a co-worker taken off the field on a backboard”

    What about Browns post game locker room behavior after that incident? What does it mean to celebrate another players injury while your teammate lay in a hospital? He was YELLING karma to explain why Burfict got hurt and laughing how he was paying JuJu’s fine.

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    Brown yelled Karma against a guy who has deliberately hurt him and other Steeler players. If it was anyone else on that defense then I would agree with you.

  10. Last season… shazier targeted with his helmet on Gio Bernard and no flag was thrown.

    This season… shazier targeted with his helmet on Josh Malone and no flag was thrown.

    Karma?!?

  11. Brown yelled Karma against a guy who has deliberately hurt him and other Steeler players. If it was anyone else on that defense then I would agree with you.

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    Actually, the Steelers have taken way more cheap shots on Bengals than the other way. Karma will come back to get the Steelers.

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