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Monday, June 12, 2006

Why are some athletes so stupid?

Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident on Monday has me shaking my head in disbelief. Why would a young man with the world in his pocket even risk injuring himself by riding a motorcycle? Probably for that very reason - because he does have the world in his pocket.

Roethlisberger is the youngest quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl championship. He has been the king of his world since probably high school so there's probably will be an air of invincibility that comes with being a) young and b) an NFL quarterback/celebrity. But, you'd think for a guy who wears a helmet for a living, he would have enough common sense to strap one on while riding his motorcycle.

Didn't athletes learn from Jay Williams' incident? Williams, a No. 2 pick, was in a motorcycle accident back in 2003 and hasn't been the same since. The Bulls bounced him from the organization and he's been trying to hook on with his next team since.

Roethlisberger broke his jaw which means 6-8 weeks of having his jaw wired shut. The season starts in 13 weeks. He's not going to be anywhere near playing shape after eating his meals through a straw. He'll probably drop around 30-40 pounds and will need a long recovery period to get ready for the season.

He's a big disappointment for himself and his teammates.


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