Big Ben Gets Tackled By His Motorcycle

My friend Rosemary at Knickerbocker News sent me an email last night inviting me to cross post her item about Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Rothlisberger who was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident. I was unable to post it last night and rather than try to put up the post now I will instead link to it here.

Rothlisberger is a very talented and gifted athlete who led his team to a victory in the last Superbowl. I am no Steelers fan but my friend and sometimes writer here, Surfside, is so I was happy for her when they won though I wanted anyone else but them. Be that as it may, Big Ben is a class guy (and one of the only Steelers I really like) unlike many professional athletes who act stupid most of the time. Ben was riding a motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. Here is a description of his injuries, according to the police:

Physicians would not describe most of the injuries at the request of Roethlisberger’s family, but city police said he lost most of his teeth, fractured his left sinus cavity bone, suffered a nine-inch cut on the back of his head and a broken jaw, and injured both knees.

This guy suffered injuries to his head and only his head. The doctors indicated (later in the article) that he had minor injuries to the rest of his body. If Ben had been wearing a helmet he would likely have walked away from this one with a little soreness. I can not understand what goes through people’s heads when they ride these things. This is particularly interesting in Ben’s case because he is in a career where he is required to wear a helmet to work. Rothlisberger would not think of not wearing a helmet in a football game (even if he were allowed) because he knows some 300 pound guy might take his head off. He wears a helmet to protect himself from big guys who hit hard.

I am here to tell you that the biggest, baddest guy in the NFL does not hit a person with as much force as is exerted when a person is thrown from a motorcycle going 35 miles an hour. The truth is, Rothlisberger is lucky to be alive and will be fortunate to get back to his career in time for the start of the season. It boggles the mind how foolish seemingly smart people can be.

My prayers go out to him and his family. I pray for a speedy recovery and i pray that when he is back up and at it he considers a helmet for his off activities off the field as well.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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