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    Roethlisberger in wreck

    Here is the quote from the paper. It is hard to get to so I will just put the quote.

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a serious head injury this morning after his motorcycle collided with a car on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge, police said.

    Roethlisberger, who was not wearing a helmet, collided with a Chrysler sedan shortly before 11:25 a.m. and was thrown off his motorcycle, flying headfirst into the car's windshield "with a pretty good force," said a veteran city police officer.

    Roethlisberger was taken to Mercy Hospital, said a Steelers spokesman, who declined to provide other information.

    The car, which has Maine license plates, was turning left onto the 10th Street Bridge from Second Avenue and Roethlisberger was driving straight on Second and apparently was not looking when he collided with the car, police said.


    Police closed down the bridge, Second Avenue and the Armstrong Tunnels.
    Heres the newspaper website:http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/trib.../s_457685.html


    I hope he can get better and it's not too bad anyone else have any information on this?


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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    The Pittsburgh fans are all a buzz with the story.

    No helmet....that is so stupid. I hope he is ok.
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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

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    No helmet....that is so stupid. I hope he is ok.
    It is stupid, especially in city traffic where so much can happen. It sounds like he has a broken jaw, missing teeth and a large laceration on the back of his head, all things that a helmet would have most likely prevented.

    The good news is that he was alert, coherent and lucid before sugery so hopefully he comes out of this all right.

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    According to this article, Cowher specifically talked to him A MONTH AGO about wearing a helmet. I really hope Big Ben is okay, but I don't know how as a professional football player choosing to ride a bike you don't wear a helmet even after your head coach sits you down and lectures you about it.

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    Wow, that's bad.

    I just saw it on the news.

    He has a Broken Jaw, almost all his teeth are gone, broken sinus, gash in the back of his head 9" long, and both his knees are hurt.

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    He has a Broken Jaw, almost all his teeth are gone, broken sinus, gash in the back of his head 9" long, and both his knees are hurt.
    Holy moley, after what's happened to Winslow II and Burger, I wouldn't even bother riding a motorcycle as a NFL player.

    Ditto on the above comments about wearing a helmet.

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    I wish the best of luck for recovery Roethlesberger. Sheeesh, if this never happened, I really think he can/could become one of the best QBs, its only his 3rd year now, and he's excellent. Ehh, we'll see what happens, best of luck Roethy, best of luck


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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    "The Pittsburgh Tribune Review is reporting Roethlisberger lost most of his teeth, fractured his left sinus cavity bone, suffered a nine-inch laceration to the back of his head and a broken jaw, and severely injured both of his knees when he hit the ground, police said."

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    Roethlisberger hurt in motorcycle crash, has surgery
    Monday, June 12, 2006

    By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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    Pittsburgh Police stand near Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle, which was heavily damaged when he collided with a car today at the intersection of Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge.
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    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured when his motorcycle was involved in a crash on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge today.

    Dr. Larry Jones of Mercy Hospital addressed the media at 1:25 p.m. and said that Roethlisberger was in serious but stable condition and was undergoing surgery at the hospital for unspecified injuries.

    Jones said that Roethlisberger was talking and cognizant of the situation.

    Roethlisberger was injured shortly after 11:15 a.m. at the Second Avenue side of the bridge near the Armstrong Tunnel.

    One Steelers source said Roethlisberger was in surgery for a broken jaw, an injury that can take approximately seven weeks to heal. The Steelers season starts in 12 weeks.

    Steelers president Art Rooney II released a statement this afternoon.

    "On behalf of everyone within the Steelers organization, I want to express my concern for Ben Roethlisberger. I am sure Ben knows that we are praying for his complete recovery. So far, we have been encouraged by the early reports from the medical team at Mercy Hospital."

    Rooney's statement indicated that the Steelers public relations staff would pass along further updates as they become available.

    Retired halfback Jerome Bettis, in California today, was keeping in touch with some people in the organization and said the reports he's received are that Roethlisberger will be fine.

    "First, it's good to see he's not in bad shape, as a friend, and to make sure he's OK," said Bettis. "Another good thing is it is minor enough that it shouldn't affect him on the field this fall."

    Steelers' spokesman David Lockett would only confirm that Roethlisberger was involved in the accident and is being treated at Mercy Hospital.

    An eyewitness said she saw a motorcycle headed outbound on Second Avenue as a car was coming inbound. The car, a Chrysler New Yorker with Maine plates, made a left turn toward the bridge in front of the cyclist. The motorcycle hit the car and the operator flew into the windshield and then hit the ground.

    The witness said she went to the aid of the motorcyclist and asked his name. He said it was "Ben" and tried to get up, but she told him to stay still.

    The victim was bleeding heavily from a head injury, and blood pooled on the pavement. The witness said he was not wearing a helmet.

    The entire front end of the motorcycle, was destroyed. The car sustained damage on the passenger side door.

    Sandra Ford, a Homewood writer and artist, was waiting for the bus on 10th Street about 11 a.m. She saw a rugged-looking white man with curly hair on his motorcycle driving along the avenue heading toward the 10th street bridge.

    In the opposite direction, the Chrysler was approaching and preparing to make the turn.

    "I kept waiting for the motorcyclist to slow down," she said. "He never stopped and just plowed into the car."

    She said she believes Roethlisberger, who wasn't speeding, but going at a pretty good clip, never saw the car. "He had to be looking somewhere else, he just sailed across the intersection."


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    Ben Roethlisberger's mother, Brenda Roethlisberger, hurriedly throws her suitcase into her car today so she can travel to get to Pittsburgh.
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    It was a crazy scene, said Ford, still shaken from the accident two hours after it happened. At the time of the accident, she did not know it was the Steeler's quarterback. She found out when she got home and saw the TV news.

    Ford, said that she heard a crunching sounds and saw Roethlisberger fly from his motorcycle, which left a pretty big dent in the car, said Ms. Ford.

    Afterward, Roethlisberger tumbled off the car and lay still in the street. "He lay so still, I thought he had died."

    About 11:23, Ford began taking notes and talking to the driver of the car.

    By this time, the driver had gotten from the car and asked Roethliesberger to remain still, he was trying to move.

    "His face was all bloody. I saw blood pooling under his head."

    Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Tammy Ewin said that the department would issue a release in regards to the accident specifics around 3 p.m. today, but would not have information on Roethlisberger's condition. Ewin said that information would come from Steelers officials.

    Police commander Thomas Stangrecki said that an accident reconstruction team would investigate the cause of the accident.

    Ewen also stressed that accident investigations can take "weeks, not hours" to complete.

    Roethlisberger has been known to refuse to wear a helmet when operating his cycle.

    Steelers coach Bill Cowher addressed the issue with Roethlisberger in May 2005 after Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow's accident riding a Suzuki GSX-R750 in suburban Cleveland. Winslow hit a curb in a parking lot and was ejected from his bike, injuring his knee.

    "It's one of those things, where he talked about being a risk-taker and I'm not really a risk-taker, I'm pretty conservative and laid back," Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette. "So the big thing is just be careful and that's what we do. I think every person that rides is careful. That's the biggest thing, I'll just continue to be careful. I told him we never ride alone we always ride in a group of people, and I think that makes it more safe."

    Winslow's contract forbade him from riding a motorcycle, Roethlisberger's contract does not prohibit him from riding motorcycles, even helmetless. The standard NFL contract prohibits risky behavior, but what constitutes risky behavior? Pennsylvania repealed its mandatory helmet law in 2003.

    "I think that's my own discretion," Roethlisberger said about not wearing a helmet when he rides. "Obviously, Pennsylvania doesn't think people need to."

    During an interview last year, Steelers Hall-of-Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw offered one piece of advice for Roethlisberger about his motorcycle.

    "Ride it when you retire. That's the way I feel. Those things are dangerous."

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    I hope he has a speedy recovery, but he really should have known better. Every last person I know who has owned a motorcycle has been in a fairly serious accident at some point. No matter how safe a driver you are, going helmetless is asking for trouble.

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    I think full face helmets are the only way to go, especially on a sport bike.

    GoldenFleece....those UK riders are nutty. It does not surprise me that you have heard stories about accidents, but ya know, half the fun of riding is telling the stories.
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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    Glad he survived...but he needs just a wee bit more common sense. He apparently didn't learn anything after hearing about Kellen Winslow Jr. and his wipeout some time ago, and how pretty much KW2 is (quite possibly) toast for the rest of his career.:tut
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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    i hope big ben recoups soon and plays well next yr.

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    Wishing Big Ben a full & speedy recovery

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    Re: Roethlisberger in wreck

    Texas is a State that has allows a motorcyclist to not wear a helmet and that's all well and good....however, I've never seen concrete give an inch in my life except for lift from the Earth's tectonic plates.

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