Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is slowly redeeming himself

John Cafasso '11

            As many people probably already know, Ben Roethlisberger has gotten into a fair share of trouble during his NFL career so far. Recently, the starting quarterback was suspended four games for violating the league’s conduct policy on April 21st 2010. This was due to suspicion of Roethlisberger sexually assaulting a female at a bar in Georgia.

            Although he’s been accused twice of this kind of charge, he hasn’t been found guilty. He wasn’t even charged due to lack of evidence.

            Nonetheless, he had to serve all 4 games he was given, which was actually reduced to four from the original six years that Commissioner Roger Goodell administered.

            During the four games, backup quarterbacks Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon, and Byron Leftwich were asked to step up and take a bigger role.

            The team has then gone on to hold a record of 3-1 before the arrival of Roethlisberger back into the starting lineup.

            The week that Roethlisberger’s suspension ended was on week five, the week that the Pittsburgh Steelers had a bye. This left Roethlisberger still itching to come back and play This then delayed his anticipated return. He would have to wait until next week to play the Cleveland Browns at home.

            Roethlisberger was greeted by supporting fans cheering and applauding. The response for their troubled quarterback was uplifting.

            He showed no signs of being sluggish as he went on to pass for three touchdowns and an interception.  They ended up winning the game 28-7.

            He seems to be right where he left off with no indication of going back to the troubled times he faced during the offseason. His demeanor and disposition do not reflect his old self, as some would call his “Big Ben” attitude. This derives from his nickname being “Big Ben,” and that coincidentally he carried a very arrogant and big headed approach.

            Nonetheless, it looks as though the Pittsburgh quarterback learned his lesson. And in America, we always will give somebody a second chance.