Ben Roethlisberger: “I’ll play through any injury but brain”

AP

When rules were tightened up to reduce high hits, many players complained that it would result in defenders diving at their knees.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger apparently values another part of his body slightly more.

After self-reporting concussion symptoms during last week’s game and taking himself off the field, Roethlisberger said today on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan that “I’ll play through any injury but brain.”

“I feel like I made the right [decision],” he said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteI think more guys should do it.”

Roethlisberger said he thinks he’s cleared the concussion test he took this morning, saying it was more of a migraine. During the game, he told team doctors that his peripheral vision wasn’t normal, and that’s when they shut him down for the day. But he said those symptoms went away shortly after the game.

Roethlisberger has played through a number of injuries, often coming back well before he should. And while it’s certainly easier for a star with financial and positional security to raise his hand and ask out of a game, perhaps his being willing to do so will help others take the necessary steps for self-preservation.

73 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: “I’ll play through any injury but brain”

  1. Good to see Ben being his usual injury embellishing drama queen self. 🙂

    “Look at me! Look at how tough I am! I’m a tough guy!”

    LOL

    🙂

  2. This guy talks about his injuries more than any other QB i’ve seen. Meanwhile two weeks ago you’ve got Flacco who the national media gives a constant hard time finishing a drive with two blown ligaments.

  3. Yes DRAMA QUEEN we know!
    You will play through “an injury” and tell us about it all week leading up to the game.

    The best play vs this dirt ball was when Seymour bitch slapped him.

  4. “I’ll play through any fake injury and/or hyped minor tweek overblown into a debilitating disability to increase my over-hyped/inflated image of an NFL iron man”

    – ben roethlisberger

    FIXED.

  5. Then why was he going to sit out week 10 with an ankle injury only to come off the bench and play at a high level.. I guess he was hoping to be able to put up those kind of numbers the next week.

  6. One of the best to play the game at his position, sadly he gets overshadowed by a lot of other guys because he isn’t as flashy.

    No one is tougher at the QB position than Roethlisberger.

  7. STILLlolatpatshaters says:
    Dec 1, 2015 11:23 AM
    Good to see Ben being his usual injury embellishing drama queen self. 🙂

    “Look at me! Look at how tough I am! I’m a tough guy!”
    ======

    Comments like this is why more players don’t tell trainers when they are having concussion symptoms.

  8. “Good to see Ben being his usual injury embellishing drama queen self. 🙂

    “Look at me! Look at how tough I am! I’m a tough guy!”

    Yeah… taking yourself out of a game because of injury is totally telling everyone how tough you are.

  9. “Won’t play through concussion symptoms but rides a motorcycle with no helmet. Sounds like a guy who’s got it all figured out.”

    Because nobody ever makes wiser choices at 33 than they did at 23.

  10. “I’ll play through any injury but brain.”

    Obviously, he has not yet in fact cleared the concussion protocols.

  11. I respect that Ben reported the blurred vision, my question is: did he have blurred vision at all while still on the field?

    the answer to that question tells the rest of the story

  12. How about Big Queen just shuts up and plays football.. or doesn’t. If you’re injured , sit down and shut up, if not go in and play.

  13. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Dec 1, 2015 11:34 AM

    One of the best to play the game at his position, sadly he gets overshadowed by a lot of other guys because he isn’t as flashy.

    No one is tougher at the QB position than Roethlisberger.
    ———————

    The guy is out hurt all of the time.

    Manning and Brady are tougher than China doll Roethlisberger.

  14. This is just one player–a player who has ironclad job security and has made boatloads of money in his career. But if you support the idea that the NFL needs a culture change around concussions, it’s an encouraging sign. (Hope he makes the same decision down two points as he does down nine.)

  15. steelbydesign says:
    Dec 1, 2015 11:34 AM

    “Good to see Ben being his usual injury embellishing drama queen self. 🙂

    “Look at me! Look at how tough I am! I’m a tough guy”

    Yeah… taking yourself out of a game because of injury is totally telling everyone how tough you are.


    And yet its funny how genuinely tough QB’s like Snake and McNair would never talk about how tough they were or pat themselves on the back for being tough like this guy does all the time 🙂

    Or get called out by their former coach for lying about injuries after a loss 🙂

  16. not really true now is it Ben? you sat out for both a knee sprain and a foot sprain just this year.

    Wait a minute… by “playing through” an injury do you mean standing on the sideline playing Angry Birds on your cell?

  17. He needs to be worried about his brain after a history of smashing his face off of buicks and haloti (that’s plural form of “bad breath”) ngata’s cast, et al. Good decision, Ben.

  18. Too late for that. He sounds like the guy from the classic Onion article, “I look back on my boxing career with greebert.”

  19. I guess when you only have a few brain cells to start with, you have to be extra careful with them!

    (Seriously though: good, smart move, and good to see from a high-profile player.)

  20. “After self-reporting concussion symptoms during last week’s game and taking himself off the field, …”

    For what it’s worth – he said he only told the doctor his vision wasn’t normal in response to them asking him how he was feeling.

    Not really self-reporting if the doc is checking you out.

  21. No Steelers fan, but that team has one of the best QBs in the league, and they beat him up for a concussion? Seriously?! The Steelers game plan in predicated on the QB acting like a half back. And their replacements always seem to get knocked out of the game. If Ben wasn’t the monster he is, the Steelers would be in the basement.

  22. May be different when your job isn’t safe, don’t have 8 figures in your bank account and your bonuses depend on how many snaps you take, yards you run and touchdowns you make.

  23. The fact is that he really is tough and has played through a lot of injuries that would have sidelined almost all other QB’s.

    But it’s also true that he’s a drama queen, no doubt about it.

  24. Football causes all kinds of injuries. That’s why we pay you players so much. If it doesn’t hurt the team to stay in, then stay in.

  25. He clearly wasn’t himself after that hit he took from Bennett. He misfired down at the goal line and looked wobbly trying to run the ball when no receiver appeared open to him. You have to know your limits even when it is a big game and your season rests on it.

  26. bringmemysoiledfool says:
    Dec 1, 2015 11:29 AM

    Won’t play through concussion symptoms but rides a motorcycle with no helmet. Sounds like a guy who’s got it all figured out.
    ———————–
    Jeez…that was ten years ago! Do you want to be held responsible for stupid stuff you did for the rest of your life? Let me guess…you have always made the “right” choices?

    It’s too easy to keep bringing up stuff from the past that he has shown no indication of still doing…if he truly is an idiot, and, even worse, a rapist, it’ll come up again as those things don’t change.

    But for the past 5+ years not a peep has come out about him but becoming a leader in the locker room, playing outstanding football, getting married, finishing his degree, starting a family and contributing time & money to K9 units around the country.

    What have you done in the past 5 years?

    Yes I’m a Steelers fan but I was disgusted with his behavior and choices and had to live with it as a lifelong fan. But at some point you have to possibly entertain the idea the guy may actually be moving in the right direction.

  27. Sadly, I’m a browns fan…… but yes Roethlisberger is one hell of a great quarterback. He torches ANYBODY’ S defense. He’s just so damn good. I hate him cuz he plays for the enemy BUT he’s a great talent and a smart player.

  28. No one is tougher at the QB position than Roethlisberger.
    ———–
    Eli played with a sprained throwing shoulder, torn plantar fascia, ankle injuries, concussions and none of us ever knew about them until his teammates outed him in various Americas’ Games years later.

    178 consecutive games and counting.

  29. I applaud him for this.
    Not at all a Steelers fan, or a fan of his, but potential brain injuries should not be messed with. It takes more fortitude in that league to pull
    yourself from a game than it does to try to soldier on. We are not talking pain tolerance, we are talking about the health of one’s brain going forward after what amounts to a short career compared to most of our work lives.

  30. As a Ravens fan, I say good for Ben. He’s taken his share of pounding over the years (not the least of which came from the Ravens defense) and nobody knows his body better than him. At least he was aware enough to take himself out. But Ben is the exception, not the rule.

    That’s why the spotter function set up by the league is so critical. A lot of players don’t realize their bell has been rung. Independent evaluation takes the decision out of their hands. That’s the point.

    Don’t blame him one bit. Who wants to be walking around with scrambled brains in your golden years?

  31. Makes sense. You’ve been training your whole life to be tough, act tough, screamed at to be tough, job is at risk if you sit out. Most players will play through concussions, because as long as you can run, you’re out there on instinct. Knee and leg injuries are a different animal. Can’t run, can’t play.

    Players, and most people, don’t think about the consequences long term. They don’t think about waking up 10, 20, or 30 years from now and having no idea where you are or committing suicide because of the demons.

  32. With the exception of the Patriots and maybe the Packers, if you’re honest, who wouldn’t want Roethlisberger on their team over their current QB situation?

  33. I am a Broncos fan that has migrated to San Diego. I hate Phillip Rivers with a passion, stemming mostly from when I had to support Jay Cutler as a Broncos fanatic. But, I’ll give that SOB credit. He’s tough as nails and he never mentions his injuries unless he’s directly asked about them. It’s also apparent that he’s a hell of a leader, teammate, father, husband, friend, and all around person. Anyways, my point is, Big Ben is a sissy and a wretched human compared to Phillip Rivers. . .well wretched human in general, not just compared to Rivers.

  34. Now that they are out of the playoff race, it’s time to talk injuries again. Fans just can’t accept the fact that Tebow cursed the team. If giving up that 80 yard TD Sunday doesn’t prove that, nothing will.

  35. Ben gained my respect in the game the sideline doc pushed Ben’s gruesomely broken nose back into his face between plays. Ben said “ouch” and then jogged back to the huddle.

    Honestly, though, I’ve always thought of Ben more as a meat head, until this new revelation of Ben’s brain priority. That is a very surprising development. I didn’t know he had a brain.

  36. “When rules were tightened up to reduce high hits, ” those rules didnt seem so tight when the Denver LB launched himself head first at Brady’s head Sunday night on the play after the bogus Gronk OPI call.

  37. The first few times I’m thinking “damn this Big Ben guy is insanely tough”. Now I’m wondering why he’s always talking about how injured he is and how he’s always returning weeks before he’s supposed to. He’s trying too hard to show he’s tough, his injuries are clearly exaggerated. I’m so glad ESPN is finally talking about this.

  38. You ever think he is talking about his injuries because a throng of reporters around him are asking him about it?

    Also, I wouldn’t say they are out of the playoff race there buddy, they’re tied with a few teams and still 5 games left. Those wild card spots won’t be decided until the final weekend

  39. Nice sentence structure, Ben.

    Some people have a way with words. Other people … not have way.

    — Steve Martin

  40. Not getting many Steelers games where I live, I had kinda forgotten the extent of this guy’s arm talent. He was making some insane throws against the Seahawks. Injuries, age, off-field stuff and all, when he’s healthy and on he is without doubt a Top 5 QB in this league still. The Steelers need every game to keep their playoff hopes alive and with Ben out the road gets a lot steeper.

  41. I really don’t understand ripping on a guy for pulling himself from a game in order to prevent extra brain damage.

    As for why he gets a lot of injuries is because 3 people need to gang tackle him. I’m not a Steelers fan and think Ben’s past is pretty damaging, but he did what most people would do or you’d want your own loved ones to do…

  42. This guy’s not as dumb as he looks, hope this does make others think twice.
    Still, lots of guys are going to remember the Smith/Kaepernik episode and try to play when they shouldn’t.
    Harbaugh’s a good coach, but he blew that one big time.

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