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    Unhappy Roethlisberger involved in Motorcycle Accident

    Just heard it on ESPN Radio.... happened within the last hour..

    Was not wearing his helmet .. that's all they have so far..

    He was transported in an Ambulance,, but who know if it was just precautionary..

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    Reportedly.. channel 4 news in Pittsburgh is reporting a witness said Ben went over the handlebard. hit the windshield of the car in front of him and then hit the ground ???. No link yet I am looking

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    Roethlisberger Involved In Motorcycle Accident

    POSTED: 11:50 am EDT June 12, 2006
    UPDATED: 12:25 pm EDT June 12, 2006

    PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday morning.

    The Steelers confirmed the accident for Channel 4 Action News.


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    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said the accident happened on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge.

    A witness told Channel 4 Action News that Roethlisberger went over the handlebars, hit the windshield of another vehicle and then hit the ground.

    Roethlisberger was not wearing a helmet, according to the paper.

    Police have closed down the bridge, Second Avenue and the Armstrong Tunnels.

    Roethlisberger was taken to Mercy Hospital. There is no word on the extent of his injuries.

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    PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been in a motorcycle accident in Pittsburgh this morning.

    Witnesses told authorities that the player's motorcycle collided with a car near a downtown intersection and that Roethlisberger's head hit the windshield and was bleeding. Roethlisberger has said in the past that he prefers not to wear a helmet when riding.

    ESPN.com's John Clayton reports that early indications are the injuries are not life-threatening.

    One witness told KDKA television that Roethlisberger was conscious but appeared disoriented before he was taken from the scene to Mercy Hospital.

    A Steelers spokesman is at the hospital and confirmed Roethlisberger is being treated there, but wouldn't provide additional details.

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    They are reporting on ESPN RADIO that Big Ben hit a car going in the opposite direction , but believed to be at a slow speed, perhaps trying to turn a corner...

    reportedly had some facial lacerations...
    was conscious bot not coherent as to where he was etc...

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    Steelers: Big Ben Injured In Motorcycle Accident
    (KDKA) PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Steelers have now confirmed that Ben Roethlisberger was injured in a motorcycle accident on Second Avenue, near the intersection with the 10th Street Bridge.

    The accident happened around 11:30am.

    According to an eyewitness, he was not wearing a helmet when he flew over the handlebars and hit his head on the windshield of a car. The witness tells KDKA he said his name was Ben and he seemed groggy.

    She says he was bleeding from his head.

    He has been taken to Mercy Hospital.

    At this point, officials are not yet commenting on the victim's condition.

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured in a motorcycle crash Monday morning and taken to a hospital.

    "He was alert and conscious," said Ernie Roman, shift commander for the Allegheny County emergency service.

    The Steelers confirmed the accident, but provided no details on his condition.

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    Glad to hear it doesn't sound as bad as it could have been.

    Sounds like Big Ben is also lucky.

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    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06163/697655-66.stm

    Roethlisberger hurt in motorcycle crash
    Monday, June 12, 2006

    By Michael A. Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured when his motorcycle was involved in a crash on the 10th Street Bridge today.

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

    Steelers' spokesman David Lockett confirmed Roethlisberger was involved 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, 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.

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

    There were no skid marks, indicating that Roethlisberger may not have had a chance to brake before the accident. The entire front end of the motorcycle was destroyed. The car sustained damage on the passenger side door.

    Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Tammy Ewen 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. Ewen said that information would come from Steelers officials.

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

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    ESPN Radio, indicating Serious but Stable Condition and is presently entering surgery..

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    Idiot, that's why you where a helmet. I don't understand why this isnt taken seriously.
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    Roethlisberger in 2005: '... The safest rider I can be'

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    In May 2005, ESPN's Andrea Kremer interviewed Ben Roethlisberger shortly after the Cleveland Browns' tight end Kellen Winslow was injured in a motorcycle accident. Portions of that conversation are below:

    ESPN: Why do you ride a motorcycle?
    Roethlisberger: Because I choose to. I want to. It's relaxing to me.

    ESPN: Relaxing?
    Roethlisberger: Very.

    ESPN: What kind of rush do you get?
    Roethlisberger: Oh, it's not a rush. It's relaxing. A rush is when you're riding a rollercoaster. It's relaxing for me. You're going out, riding in groups, having fun ... you're free. Your mind is as free as it can get and it's probably the best stress reliever I've ever had in my entire life.

    ESPN: Why? Why does it do that?
    Roethlisberger: I don't know. You're just out there and you're free.

    ESPN: How long have you been riding?
    Roethlisberger: For a while.

    ESPN: What's a while?
    Roethlisberger: A long time.

    ESPN: Since you were in high school?
    Roethlisberger: I've always been big into snowmobiles, four-wheelers, jet skis, all kinds of those X Games kind of things. And I just finally bought my own motorcycle, not too long ago.

    ESPN: I assume you have your license?
    Roethlisberger: Yes.

    ESPN: It's not the law in Pennsylvania to wear a helmet. Why don't you wear a helmet?
    Roethlisberger: Because you don't have to. It's not the law. If it was the law, I'd definitely have one on every time I rode. But it's the law and I know I don't have to and your just more free when you're out there with no helmet on.

    ESPN: How much do you view riding a motorcycle as a risk?
    Roethlisberger: I think it can be a risk. It depends on how you ride. I don't ride a sport bike. If I'm riding a sport bike and trying to do tricks, and going 200 miles down the highway, that's probably pretty stupid. But when you're riding a Harley or a chopper and you're riding with a group of people and you're not on the highway and you're cruising, you're relaxing. I don't think its as much of a risk as people make it out to be.

    ESPN: What is the difference between what you're talking about, recreational riding, and what Kellen Winslow was doing? What kind of bike do you ride?
    Roethlisberger: I ride a harley and a chopper. Those are the two bikes i ride the most.

    ESPN: Are those viewed a top of the line, high performance cycles?
    Roethlisberger: They are like, it would be like riding in a Cadillac compared to a Ferrari, which is a sport bike. It's a luxury motorcycle. You know it's relaxing. You don't pop wheelies, because its pretty hard to do it anyway. So you just keep two wheels on the ground and you just ride.

    ESPN: Have you ever done wheelies?
    Roethlisberger: No, never tried. Never will.

    ESPN: Why?
    Roethlisberger: Because it's just asking for disaster. It's just asking to go down.

    ESPN: When you heard about Kellen Winslow's accident, what went through your mind?
    Roethlisberger: I was concerned for him. I was hoping he'd be OK because he's a great player. You don't want someone like that to get injured off the field, and so I was hoping he was going to be OK. ... I knew it was going to blow up for me, people were going to start talking about me as well.

    ESPN: What part of you said, "those are the consequences?"
    Roethlisberger: Well, it's just like anything and I didn't wish for him to get hurt. It's just like anything else, the more risk you put into something, into whatever it is ... Just like gambling. You're gambling. The more money you want to put into something -- you can lose, or you can win big, so you take gambles with things and you can get burned.

    ESPN:Jamie Henderson was just out riding, had an accident, and was in a coma, so how do you manage the risk?
    Roethlisberger: Well it's just like everything else. You can get injured and killed in a car, too. You can get killed walking down the street. You have to know what you're doing, and I'm not saying anyone didn't know what they were doing, but it's a risk and being in life is a risk.

    ESPN: What has (Steelers head coach) Bill Cowher said with respect to riding a motorcycle?
    Roethlisberger: People blew that out of proportion, what we talked about.

    ESPN: What was it?
    Roethlisberger: We talked in camp. We were just standing there, he asked me about how I rode, who I rode with, am I safe, and I told him exactly what I told you. I don't ride sportbikes. I ride harleys and choppers and I ride in a group, and we point out potholes as we go by so other people will know ... he asked me about wearing helmet, and I said I don't wear a helmet, and he goes just be careful. He never told me not to ride. He never told me to wear a helmet. Then people said that I just denied everything he said. He didn't say anything like that. He just told me be careful and use my head.

    ESPN: Did you need to be told that?
    Roethlisberger: I was already doing those things. But it's just like, my father said the same thing, it's just someone telling you because they care about you.

    ESPN: What have mother/father said?
    Roethlisberger: They don't like me doing it, but they know I'm a man. I can make my own decisions. They just want me to be careful.

    ESPN: Is there an analogy between the rush of motorcycle riding and football?
    Roethlisberger: I don't get on them because it's a risk. I don't get thrills like when you ride them like 'oh this is a rush for me.' It's just relaxing for me. I mean, Icould just get in the biggest fight of my life and get on the bike everything is forgotten and you're free. And I think its going to help me, I think.

    ESPN: Where do you ride?
    Roethlisberger: All over. We ride outside of Pittsburgh, out on the country roads, and just ride.

    ESPN: How aware are you that come contracts ban risky activity?
    Roethlisberger: Very.

    ESPN: What, if anything, is in your contract about motorcycles?
    Roethlisberger: If it was in my contract it said I can not ride a motorcycle, then I can't ride a motorcycle.

    ESPN: What if they wanted to put that additional language in there?
    Roethlisberger: I wouldn't be happy, but that's part of the deal. If your boss says, you can't do it you can't do it.

    ESPN: You would abide by that?
    Roethlisberger: Absolutely, it's the law.

    ESPN: But it's not in there?
    Roethlisberger: Right. We've gone over that with a fine toothed comb ... not breaking the rules, exactly, just like wearing a helmet. If the law says I need to wear a helmet, I'll wear a helmet.

    ESPN: How do you view that you are putting your employment at risk?
    Roethlisberger: It's tough. It's kind of like we say, let those who ride decide. I can make a decision. I'm a man. You're not going to make a decision for me, especially if you're not my boss or my employer. You don't have the right to make that decision for me, so I'm gonna go out and be as careful as I can … look how many people are killed in car accidents every day. Its risk whatever you do.

    ESPN: What kind of gawk factor do you get when you're on a motorcycle?
    Roethlisberger: I don't ever ride by myself. We always have at least one other guy there. They say 'I'm not worried about you riding, I'm worried about the other people,' and it's true. People don't see motorcycles as much because it's a smaller vehicle.

    ESPN: Have you been distracted at all?
    Roethlisberger: No, its just like anything else: you've got to stay focused because if you don't stay focused, you're going to lose the game, or you could die.

    ESPN: What to you constitutes a hazardous activity for a professional athlete?
    Roethlisberger: Playing football with no pads on. Riding a motorcycle? I don't think is hazardous. I think maybe something like skydiving, although I think that's pretty safe from what I've heard.

    ESPN: What obligation does a professional athlete have in his free time to not engage in certain activities?
    Roethlisberger: The obligation for us is on the days we practice and on Sundays, the days that we play. That is the obligation we have, to go out and be athletes toward what we do. In my free time, I can work out, which I do. I can throw, which I do. Or I can do anything else that I want to do -- as long as its not illegal or against the rules.

    Roethlisberger: There's a lot of people that ride that people don't know about, it's amazing.

    ESPN: Why? What do you mean by that?
    Roethlisberger: … Elway rode his whole career, Aikman. All those guys. They still ride theirs. I bet I'd have to say over 75 percent of the league people ride motorcycles.

    ESPN: What would people have thought if they did know that John Elway rode a motorcycle?
    Roethlisberger: I have no idea. I don't what would people think. You know … I just know people they make a big fuss like Kellen and I are the first guys ever to ride motorcycles you know I think that's just silly.

    ESPN: Can you understand that there is a focus on the risk factor?
    Roethlisberger: Yes, but there is a risk in everything you do. (In) everyday life, there is a risk no matter what you are doing. And yeah, there is a risk if I'm out there doing wheelies on a motorcycle. But I'm being the safest rider I can be.
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    Sorry, if you don't wear a helmet I'm not going to feel sorry for you.

    Yeah, I can see the whole 'you can get killed walking across the street' argument but his body is his job and he's had an organization put millions into him to do that job.

    The least he could do in terms of responsiblity is to wear a helmet.

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    I hope this isn't a serious injury and I hope he recovers quickly, but when will these guys learn? You think he would've learned from Kellen Winslow Jr. He says he is always careful, that doesn't mean someone can't hit you. WEAR A HELMET!

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    Or in this case, someone can turn in front of you, cutting you off.

    From what I understand, there are no skidmarks - no time to react.
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    Much love to Big Ben and all, but riddle me this how does one that is REQUIRED to wear a helmet to play their sport get on a motorcycle without having one on?

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    Dan Patrick referencing the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

    Ben" reportedly "lost most of his teeth, fractured jaw, severely injured both knees,, laceration to the head...

    I am looking for any link..

    Here is a portion of that confirmed via ESPN

    One Steelers source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that 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
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    Much love to Big Ben and all, but riddle me this how does one that is REQUIRED to wear a helmet to play their sport get on a motorcycle without having one on?
    He's not required to wear one.

    Its not the law in PA.

    Its not in his contract.

    Its also not smart for him to not wear one. But there are lots of dumb people out there.
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    Actually here it is,,,,

    Bike Crash Leaves Roethlisberger In Serious Condition 7 minutes ago

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is undergoing surgery after a motorcycle accident on Monday morning, doctors at Mercy Hospital said.

    Roethlisberger is in serious but stable condition, according to Dr. Larry Jones.

    According to a police source,
    • Roethlisberger suffered a broken jaw,
    • broke his left sinus cavity,
    • suffered a 9-inch laceration to the back of his head, l
    • lost many teeth and
    • has severe injuries to his knees from hitting the pavement
    .

    A plastic surgeon has been called in, the source said.


    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said the accident happened on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge. Police have shut down the bridge, Second Avenue and the Armstrong Tunnel.

    A witness told Channel 4 Action News that Roethlisberger went over his handlebars, hit the windshield of a car and then fell to the ground.

    The witness said she saw the accident and went over to help but did not recognize Roethlisberger. When she asked him what his name was, she said he replied, "Ben."

    The woman added that Roethlisberger asked her a series of questions, including where he was and what state he was in. He attempted to stand up but the woman said she encouraged him not to move until paramedics arrived.

    The bike and the car, a silver Chrysler New Yorker, have been towed to a police facility in Troy Hill for investigation.

    The driver of the New Yorker is not believed to have been seriously injured.

    Roethlisberger was not wearing a helmet, according to the Tribune-Review. In the past, he has publicly said he prefers to ride helmetless, which is legal in Pennsylvania.

    Former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw has been an outspoken critic of Roethlisberger's motorcycle activity, saying Roethlisberger should stay off bikes until his playing career ends.

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    This is awful.
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    Sorry, if you don't wear a helmet I'm not going to feel sorry for you.

    Yeah, I can see the whole 'you can get killed walking across the street' argument but his body is his job and he's had an organization put millions into him to do that job.

    The least he could do in terms of responsiblity is to wear a helmet.
    You gotta' feel sorry for the guy no helmet or not. He'd most likely still be hurt with a helmet on, probably not such bad head injuries but, he'd still be hurt.

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    Let me rephrase it.

    It's a terrible thing that happened but he was a damn fool for riding without one and his injuries would probably not have been as bad had he worn one.

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    You gotta' feel sorry for the guy no helmet or not. He'd most likely still be hurt with a helmet on, probably not such bad head injuries but, he'd still be hurt.
    Exactly Bikes are just a risk period, I can see the NFL now coming out on a harsher stance or policy on this, Winslow is one thing.. one of your prized Stars is a whole different ball of Wax.....

    Both Knees being injured is what I would be most worried about right now..

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    Exactly Bikes are just a risk period, I can see the NFL now coming out on a harsher stance or policy on this, Winslow is one thing.. one of your prized Stars is a whole different ball of Wax.....

    Both Knees being injured is what I would be most worried about right now..
    I mean look at Jay Williams. Let's hope for the very best.
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