Terry Bradshaw Rips Ben Roethlisberger
Terry Bradshaw, the Hall of Famer who won four Super Bowl rings while quarterbacking the Steelers, said on Monday that he doesn't think highly of the way Ben Roethlisberger, who has won two Super Bowl rings for the Steelers, conducts himself off the field.
Bradshaw spoke on the same day that a Georgia prosecutor announced he would not bring sexual assault charges against Roethlisberger, but Bradshaw says his feelings toward Big Ben go back years and stem in part from Roethlisberger refusing to heed Bradshaw's warnings about the dangers of riding a motorcycle.
"Our relationship is not any good," Bradshaw said of himself and Roethlisberger. "When I told him to park the motorcycle, he got pissed. Alright? Then he had the accident and since then, there's ... you know, he doesn't like me and I'm learning not to like him and he wants to break all my records, then I say go for it, break them."
Bradshaw also said that Roethlisberger, who has twice been accused but never been charged with sexual assault, needs to rethink how he presents himself to the public.
"He has got to, in my opinion, he has got to realize who he is," Bradshaw said. "He is an elite athlete in the National Football League. He's got an image problem now. Best thing to do is don't ever put yourself in that position again. When you're through playing football, do whatever you want to do, but right now, you know, stay clean."
Roethlisberger is, of course, not guilty of any legal wrongdoing. But from Commissioner Roger Goodell to the Rooney family to Steelers fans, just about everyone agrees with Bradshaw that Roethlisberger is guilty of making a fool of himself off the field.
The full audio is here. Thanks to Zach Arnold for the tip.