Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and all-around NFL great Terry Bradshaw took to his soapbox in the season opener of the Fox NFL Sunday’s “Fired Up” commentary segment and made it clear his position on the Ben Roethlisberger scandal and the current Steelers quarterback’s standing as an NFL player. In the past, Terry Bradshaw has been quite vocal that he found Ben Roethlisberger’s conduct unacceptable. Sunday’s commentary made it clear that the NFL Hall of Famer did not agree with the recent reduction of Roethlisberger’s six-game suspension to four games, nor did he think Roethlisberger should have remained a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In this writer’s opinion, there is no better NFL pre-game show than that of Fox Sports. The Fox NFL Sunday panel is amusing, delivers great in-depth analysis, and keeps things interesting with various segments, predictions, and interviews. The “Fired Up” portion of the program allows one of the guys to sound off on a topic that annoys or excites them. Terry Bradshaw’s 2010 debut showed that he was clearly annoyed — with Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Bradshaw started by telling the crop of new NFL quarterbacks — Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow, etc. — to listen up. Then he went on to talk about how, no matter how much money they make, they can’t buy back a good reputation. He then set his focus on the Ben Roethlisberger situation.
During the off-season, Ben Roethlisberger was accused of and alleged to have raped a college co-ed in a Georgia bar. Although ultimately no charges were brought against Roethlisberger because of lack of evidence, it was the second rape allegation in as many years. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the two-time Super Bowl winner for six games of the 2010 regular season, but later reduced it to four games.
Terry Bradshaw noted that he totally disagreed with the decision. He said Roethlisberger shouldn’t have had his suspension reduced until he proved himself — if at all. Bradshaw said that Roethlisberger’s history and his recent past behavior was unacceptable and instead of the Pittsburgh Steelers releasing Santonio Holmes for his conduct (Holmes allegedly threw a glass at another patron in an Orlando nightclub), which occurred at nearly the same time Roethlisberger went through his legal troubles in Georgia, the Steelers should have “dumped” Ben Roethlisberger. He added that he thought Roethlisberger’s behavior was worse than Holmes — in his opinion — but Holmes was made an example of and Roethlisberger was still in Pittsburgh.
“If I had owned the Steelers,” Bradshaw said, “hear me loud and clear: He would not be a Steeler.”
As a closing coup de grace, the popular NFL analyst said that Roethlisberger should strive to be remembered by three letters behind his name, “N-F-L, not T-M-Z.”
Back in April in an interview with KTBS in Shreveport (LA), just after the rape allegations, Bradshaw had stern words to say about the Steelers starting quarterback, a job he once held. He noted how he almost never went to bars in the 14 years he was in Pittsburgh. He noted he was petrified of the potential trouble he could get into, how women would become available because of who he was. Self-deprecating as always, Bradshaw observed, “I’m not attractive, and neither is Ben.”
“He’s got an image problem right now,” Bradshaw said. “Best thing to do is never put yourself in that position again.”
But he had no false illusions that Roethlisberger would listen to him. He noted that the two have been at odds since Ben Roethlisberger’s motorcycle accident in 2006, when he told the young quarterback that he needed to “park the motorcycle.”
“He doesn’t like me,” Bradshaw added, “and I’m learning not to like him.”
“Fox NFL Sunday,” Fox Television
KTBS interview via Yahoo.com