Ed Driscoll

"Ride It When You Retire", Bradshaw Warned Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger, you just captured the Pittsburgh Steelers’ elusive fifth Super Bowl, and their first in over two decades. Where are you going next?!

To the emergency ward after crashing into a car while riding a Suzuki motorcycle without a helmet:

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is in serious but stable condition and underwent surgery following a serious head injury he suffered this morning when his motorcycle collided with a car on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge, police said.
Roethlisberger lost most of his teeth, fractured his left sinus cavity bone, suffered a nine-inch laceration to the back of his head and a broken jaw, and injured both of his knees when he hit the ground, police said.

“He is right now in the (operating room) undergoing some surgery from injuries he received in this accident today,” said

Dr. Larry Jones, chief of trauma and burns at Mercy Hospital, Uptown. “He was talking to me before he left for the OR. He’s coherent. He’s making sense. He knows what happened.”

Roethlisberger, 24, who was not wearing a helmet, collided with a Chrysler New Yorker at 11:15 a.m. and was thrown off his motorcycle, flying head-first into the car’s windshield “with a pretty good force,” said a veteran city police officer.

“Roethlisberger was talking and moving his arms and legs after the accident”, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article notes, but this is clearly a devastating beginning to a team looking to repeat their championship.

Update: No word yet if Roethlisberger participated in this event for two-wheelers before his crash.

Another Update: Boy, when I wrote “Cycle Of Stupidity Speeds Up” this weekend, I had no idea what an eerily prescient headline I had written.