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…but they’re also humans that go through things that everyone goes through, and so do their families. Not only did I want to let people know what I was going through, I wanted to say: It’s OK to be scared, regardless of your situation.” — Kelly Stafford.
From ESPN.com: Kelly Stafford’s recovery from brain tumor – ‘My biggest fear is not being here’
Editor’s note: Kelly Stafford, who is the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, had a tumor removed from her brain in April. Below is her first-person account of the experience.
The first moment I was really concerned was last January. I was in Michigan, and had just gotten a massage. When I walked out, I just didn’t feel right. I was lightheaded and it felt like the world was spinning around me. I texted Matthew: “I might need you to come pick me up.” But then I waited a little bit in my car, and started feeling better, so I drove home myself.
A week later, it happened again. This time, I was holding our daughter, Hunter, who was just an infant. The room started spinning around me and I felt like I was going to fall down. I almost threw Hunter to Matthew, because I didn’t want her to go down with me.
Matthew was obviously concerned. “We can’t have this keep happening,” he said. “We need to get you checked out.” He figured I might be dealing with vertigo.
Looking back, there were other moments over the past year where I was feeling “off.” Like when I would show my girls how to do a front roll or twirl in ballet class, then immediately felt dizzy, or like I couldn’t balance. I mean, those were things I had done my entire life, and suddenly they were difficult. Maybe I’m just aging, I had figured at the time. My mom quickly shot that down. I wasn’t even 30.
But you know how things go. Matthew and I have three girls under the age of 2. I had my hands full. As a mom, you’re always on the run. You’re chasing after your kids or worrying about your family. You tend to put yourself on the back burner. So I didn’t feel the urgency to go to the doctor.
The day I almost […]
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“For a player like Ben Roethlisberger, who was born to play football, it says something about the man. It opens the eyes and hearts of those players who, maybe in the back of their minds, take it for granted.” — Alejandro Villanueva.
From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
It wasn’t a classic moment that will find its way into sports lore. It did not elicit the same emotional response as Knute Rockne’s “Win One for the Gipper” pregame speech. It did not tug on the emotional heartstrings in the manner Lou Gehrig did with his “luckiest man on the face of the earth” address. Nor was it the life-changing moment speech by Herb Brooks to his U.S. “Miracle on Ice” hockey team.
But before Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers received a locker-room speech from a person who didn’t even play in the game that many players said was heartfelt and inspiring.
The person was Ben Roethlisberger.
“He just talked about the opportunity and not taking for granted being able to play,” cornerback Joe Haden said. “Coming from Ben, knowing he played such a long time and see how much he misses it, how much he wants to be out there, it puts it in perspective for a lot of guys.”
For most of the second half against the Seahawks, Roethlisberger stood by himself on the sidelines, upset and concerned about his injury, perhaps that it could be the end of his sterling career. It was a different Roethlisberger this time when he joined his teammates on the sideline against the Bengals.
“That’s our leader, so his presence was definitely felt,” said running back James Conner. “Just having our leader there was huge for us and having him on the sideline, communicating, relaying messages to Mason (Rudolph), him telling us what he sees. He did everything he could except play.”
Roethlisberger usually leads his teammates in a pre-game prayer in the locker room, which he did Monday night. But according to several Steelers players, he also stood up and addressed the team, telling them to appreciate their opportunity, the chance to perform on national television in front of their peers, and understand it can all be taken away in an instant.
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“I thought he was awesome. He didn’t just manage the game. He went out and won the game.” — Ben on Mason Rudolph’s performance on Monday Night Football.
From Ben’s interview with Ron Cook, at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Mason Rudolph received the ultimate endorsement after leading the Steelers by the Cincinnati Bengals for his first win as an NFL starting quarterback.
This was late Monday night after the Steelers trashed the Bengals, 27-3. Roethlisberger stopped on his way out of Heinz Field and made his first public comments since his elbow injury against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 15. He spoke not just about Rudolph, but about the team moving forward without him, his surgery in Los Angeles Sept. 23 and his hope to return in 2020 for his 17th NFL season.
“Absolutely, I plan on playing again,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s my absolute goal. That’s why we did the surgery. The reason we did it and did it so soon is because I want to come back. I don’t have any doubts in my head about that. If you have doubts, then you’ve already lost. It’s going to be a long road, but I’m excited for the opportunity to show I can do it.
“I want to go out on my own terms. No one wants to leave on an injury they can’t control.”
Roethlisberger watched the second half of the Seattle game from the sideline and saw Rudolph throw two touchdown passes in a 28-26 loss. He was back on the sideline Monday night — his right elbow in a cast — and saw Rudolph complete 24 of 28 passes for 229 yards, two touchdowns and a 124.6 passer rating.
“He did everything they asked him to do,” Roethlisberger said of Rudolph. “He made plays. He made big plays when we needed him to. He took a check-down when we needed him to. He threw deep when we needed him to. He even lined up at wide receiver [in the wildcat formation] when we needed him to. He did a lot more than just manage the game. I tried to help him. I told him before the game, ‘I’ll do as much or as little as you want. I’m here.’ We talked during the game. He grabbed me when we came into the locker […]
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