Ben Roethlisberger says he's seeking 'a new start'
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Thursday that he has re-evaluated his life recently and is working with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "on ways to make changes."
Roethlisberger spoke briefly to the media after the Steelers' practice Thursday, making an opening statement and then answering two questions from reporters.
"I've put a lot of thought into my life, decisions that I've made in the past that I've been sitting at home thinking about," Roethlisberger said, according to a transcript of his comments by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "... I've been working closely with the commissioner on ways to make changes, corrections. So I'm looking forward to the second chance and a second opportunity, not just in football, because I think everyone knows what you're going to get in football, but in life. I think that's what's kind of more important."
Roethlisberger was back on the field for Steelers' offseason practices this week after he was cleared by Goodell, who reviewed the results of a behavioral evaluation of Roethlisberger conducted at the league's direction.
Goodell suspended Roethlisberger without pay for the first six games of next season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The suspension can be shortened to four games by Goodell.
"I spent a lot of time evaluating and looking at my life both on and off the field," Roethlisberger said Thursday, according to the Post-Gazette's transcript. "I think this is time for me to kind of close the chapter of the last couple years of my life and move on to a new one, kind of a new start. I'm kind of really excited about it."
Roethlisberger did not provide details about the changes he hopes to make, calling them "personal things."
He also said: "It's been neat being able to really re-evaluate my life and spend time with my family and kind of re-evaluate and re-figure what's important in my life. That's me... evaluating what I need to do and be smarter when it comes to certain things. Like I said, it's a new chapter and I'm looking forward to it and it starts with football. I'm glad to be back here."
Goodell suspended Roethlisberger after a district attorney in Georgia chose not to charge him with a crime following a 20-year-old woman's allegation that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her at a nightclub. Roethlisberger denied committing a crime.
Roethlisberger also was accused in a civil lawsuit by a Nevada woman of sexually assaulting her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 2008. Roethlisberger denied the allegation and was not charged with a crime.
June 3, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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