Ben sat down with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Scott Brown to talk about the changes in his life and his legacy:
Scott Brown: How do you assure fans that the new Ben is here to stay, that this isn’t part of a script for someone who is trying to save his career?
Ben: Actions always speak louder than words. And I’ve known from day one this is not going to be an overnight process. You’re not going to win people back overnight. You’re not going to win all of them back, period. But, like I said, my actions will speak volumes over the next days, weeks, months and years. I really believe that and I think people will (believe it), even the hard-headed ones that won’t give me a chance. Over the years of seeing me and seeing that it’s not just talk, more people will come around.
Scott Brown: You said you are more at peace with yourself. Why?
Ben: It’s a calming feeling when the Lord runs your life. And it’s something I’ve always known as a church person, but I’ve never really believed it. I think I’ve known it but never believed it. And now I know it, and it’s a great thing.
Scott Brown: When athletes talk about finding religion, it produces its share of eye-rolling. Do you expect that reaction from fans?
Ben: It’s OK. I’m not going to be going out there and trying to push it on people and make it seem like all of a sudden I am this great person. That’s not who I am. That’s not what religion and faith is all about. You’re not going to see me getting cross tattoos and wearing cross necklaces. That’s not what it’s about. So if they want to roll their eyes, that’s fine. Because I know where I am at and God knows where I’m at, and that’s all that really matters.
You can read the entire interview and see the video here.
Ben spoke to KDKA today about his plans during his suspension –
“I’m going to work out as much as I can try, and do the best I can to stay in shape football-wise, and conditioning, and lifting, and working out, throw as often as I can without wearing my arm out,” said Roethlisberger.
And when the Steelers take the field without him, the quarterback says he does plan to watch his teammates.
“It will be hard, but I’ll watch them – probably at my house or my parents’ house, probably with my dad,” he said. “I’m sure my mom will be around somewhere, but – you know – it will probably be a pretty focused time for me.”
You can read the rest and watch his videotaped interview here.
Quote of the Day:
“The Steelers are a team that really relies on Ben Roethlisberger’s improvisation. I’ve never seen a guy create more offense on his own. He gets out of some of the most incredible situations where he makes plays where they have him sacked twice and he still completes a pass.” — Football analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden, from an interview with USA Today writer Jim Corbett.