Ben Roethlisberger After Brutal MNF Game: ‘I Hope My Son Plays Golf’
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals had a Monday Night Football game no one will soon forget. The game winning field goal by the Steelers isn’t even one of the top 5 things we’ll remember most about it.
After playing in the game and watching several of his teammates and opponents be forced to leave the field due to injury, Ben Roethlisberger is having second thoughts on having his son play football in the future.
“And having kids, I hope my son plays golf,” Roethlisberger told CBS Pittsburghradio on Tuesday. “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.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback acknowledged that injuries are a part of the game, but he also feels like these rivalry games have taken a turn for the worse and it was on full display during MNF.
“I had that conversation with the Monday Night crew when I had the production meeting. This game sometimes it feels like it’s not just physical, I mean it’s physical obviously, but it feels like it’s more than juts a tough, hard-nosed football game. You know there’s been a lot of penalties, a lot of quote, unquote “dirty play,” things like that. When you discuss rivalries and hard-nosed football, you think about the Ravens and our matchups we’ve had in the past with them. I’ll credit both teams when we play, it is hard-fought, physical football. You knock someone’s head off and you help them up. You’re not doing anything dirty, you’re not trying to be cheap, you’re not taunting guys, it’s just a tough football game. Sometimes you feel like this game, this quote, unquote rivalry has turned sometimes dirty and it’s unfortunate.”
Big Ben also revealed exactly what he told JuJu Smith-Schuster after he hit Vontaze Burfict and stood over him.
“I told him afterwards, I said listen, ‘Love the effort, love how you’re trying to help your teammate get open. Standing over a guy, uncalled for.’ And he knew it. I think he knew it right away. I think he regretted it and he genuinely felt bad about that.”