“Role model” Ben Roethlisberger fondling a bottle of liquor at a house party (above).
Isn’t everything wonderful in the world for Big Ben Roethlisberger? On Friday, the star quarterback and erstwhile pervert/rapist told the media about all of his apprehensions surrounding his return to the field.
Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette Friday that he was “scared” about the fan reaction he might receive at Saturday’s afternoon practice, the first open to Steelers Nation. Perhaps during his ride to camp up Route 30 he had seen the sign outside of a Latrobe business that was directed at him and Steelers president Art Rooney II, who made the decision not to trade or release Roethlisberger after his deplorable escapades in March in Milledgeville, Ga.
Roethlisberger memorably had sex with a 20 year old coed in March who did not consent to sex, while his off duty police officer bodyguards kept the girl’s friends separated from the girl while Roethlisberger forced himself on the girl in a townie bar bathroom. In the aftermath, we learned that Roethlisberger, on several occasions, took his penis out in public and showed it to college girls, which we presumed at the time, was his go to pickup move. We also learned about a story in which a Pittsburgh man put a gun to Roethlisberger’s head outside a Pittsburgh bar because the quarterback had tried to put a move on the man’s girlfriend, and that since then, Roethlisberger always goes out with bodyguards. You can read about those incidents at the links below:
But the idiots who rolled out to Steelers’ practice yesterday gave Roethlisberger a hero’s welcome, despite knowing what he is. Are they some good Christians over there, or what?
Did I mention the fans — young fans, older fans, female fans, male fans — surged to get close to Roethlisberger?
The snow fence in front of the bleachers at Chuck Noll Field where he started to sign was pushed down and nearly destroyed.
“I think it went well,” Roethlisberger said. “The fans were warm and loving. That’s how I knew they would be — or hoped they would be.”
There even was a topper to Big Ben’s day.
“I think I completed every pass.”
Don’t underestimate the significance there.
Winning back the fans at training camp was easy for Roethlisberger. Every summer, they prove how loyal they are to the Steelers and their players — all of their players — by fighting the traffic to get to Latrobe and watch practice, not so much because they love football, but because they want to be close to their team’s heroes.
Wow. Pittsburgh gets more impressive by the second, no? As legend has it, the crowd went wild when Big Ben autographed one of his dirty cleets and gave it to a little boy who was getting pushed around on the autograph line (below). What a great guy!
Roethlisberger should be awaiting a felony sexual assault trial, but instead his biggest care in the world is whether the Steeler fans boo him at practice. Isn’t the world a great place? It is when you are an NFL player. Especially in Pittsburgh. Too bad you have to live there.