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Cool Roethlisberger Says He Won't Do Safety Ads - July 14, 2006, 04:45 PM

Friday, July 14, 2006 12:38 PM EDT
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn't plan on doing public safety announcements for motorcycle or helmet safety following his accident last month.
"I don't think that's my place," the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said in a taped interview aired Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
"Some people feel that, you know, I probably should be doing that and being a big advocate for that," Roethlisberger said from Los Angeles. "But for me, I'm going to let people make their own decisions ... So I don't think you'll see me doing any kind of billboards or advertisements."
Roethlisberger had been in Los Angeles for the taping of the ESPY Awards. On Friday, he was slated to play in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Nevada.
Roethlisberger had seven hours of facial reconstruction surgery June 12 after ramming his motorcycle into a car that turned left in front of him on a Pittsburgh street.
Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose when his head smashed into the car's windshield and he was thrown over the car onto the pavement. He was cited for riding without a license and not wearing a helmet.
In Friday's interview, Roethlisberger said he sometimes wears his helmet, but on the day of the accident, he forgot it.
"I had just gotten my bike all custom done. It was painted up and it was really nice," he said. "I was supposed to take my helmet that day with me to get painted to match my bike so I could wear it all the time when I rode that bike and I totally forgot it."
Roethlisberger said he also forgot how his life is scrutinized by the public.
"I forgot that I have to live this life under the microscope and that people are always watching and criticizing everything that I do," he said. "I'm coming off two pretty good seasons in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl and 24 years old, and maybe this is God's way of saying, 'Hey, I can take it away from you at anytime so you better back off a little bit.'"
In the past two seasons, Roethlisberger helped the Steelers achieve a 27-4 record.
Roethlisberger said he has started working out and is now looking forward to training camp later this month.
"Now that I feel healthy and know that I am going to be OK, my only focus is football," he said. "So I've not even started to think about riding a motorcycle again. ... Once this season's over, maybe I'll start thinking whether I'll start riding again."


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July 14, 2006, 05:15 PM

Bet he will ride with a helmet if he decides to ride again.


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Bet he will ride with a helmet if he decides to ride again.
Even more of a sure thing--bet there is an extra line or two in his next contract.
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July 15, 2006, 09:14 AM

"I was supposed to take my helmet that day with me to get painted to match my bike so I could wear it all the time when I rode that bike and I totally forgot it."

Let's see if he forgets his football helmet when he runs on the field. It's called PRIORITIES!

Not sure I want him as a spokesperson for "Motorcycle Safety" anyways


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July 15, 2006, 12:09 PM

I think he is a stand up guy. I have more respect for him now.

He refuses to be the hypocrit. He will not use his "status" to press something he doesn't believe.


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i agree that its cool hes not being a hypocrit about the helmet thing, but 'i totally forgot it'. cmon. even on my flakiest days, ill forget to put on pants before i forget my helmet.


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I think he is a stand up guy. I have more respect for him now.

He refuses to be the hypocrit. He will not use his "status" to press something he doesn't believe.
That's basically how I feel. It would seen rather stupid to advocate something voluntary like that only after getting into an accident. He wouldn't really mean it.


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July 15, 2006, 05:00 PM

In the US we are in dire need of a solid motorcycle safety campaign. What we need is known personalities advocating motorcycle safety - be it on TV or in print. Unfortunately it doesn't matter if these people are hypocrites or not. Why? Because they will draw attention to the ad they are in and that's what matters. Think about it... who do you think would draw more attention to an ad... a random actor advocating motorcycle safety or a popular athlete or actor, hypocrite or not, advocating motorcycle safety?
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