Any one of a thousand NFL players have said the same things Roethisberger did in that article about the effect of a long season of NFL play.Originally Posted by gonelong
I'd let those comments "slide" if they came from the mouth of Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Roger Staubach, John Elway, or Eli-freakin'-Manning. Well, I wouldn't need to let them "slide" because there's nothing to let "slide".
Roethlisberger didn't overstate any injury in that interview. All he said was that, yes, the NFL season is a grind and, yes, it wears you down and, no, that's no excuse for bad play and, yes, he'd be fine and considered it a learning experience.
Then the guy comes into the 2005 season. Consistently plays hurt, injured, and with significant pain. Sits out only when forced to. Starts games with a splint on his throwing hand. Never once goes all nutty about how much that hurts or how he was able to overcome that. Never set himself up as a folk hero. Not once.