Can you depend on Ben?
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Having been a long-time Cincinnati Bengals fan, I've seen our share of players that have tried to bend the mighty laws and suffered a Tiger Woods-esque beating in the media. Whether it's players having a good time out on the town or illegally parking on a sidewalk, the issue transformed from the seriousness of the crime to the simple truth that one has to weigh. Is the player dependable enough to stay out of trouble and play on Sundays?
A player like Ben Roethlisberger who is dealing with another high profile incident off the field -- something he's yet to be charged with -- causes pause. He's a talented player that's led the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowl wins, a feat that many great quarterbacks have never achieved. There's no question that he's a gamer.
Still, even with the seriousness of what he's being accused of, the question with Ben Roethlisberger is whether you can depend on him to be there for the team. Will he be suspended? Will he be occupied with legal wrangling? Having experienced that as a Bengals fan a few years ago, I would elect to move on. To me it's not character that is the primary worry, even though it's advisable to integrate that into the equation. It's whether or not they'll play on Sundays. And that's the most important aspect of any football team. If you can't play, what good are you?
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Posted by: gokusc1 | March 16, 2010 9:02 PM
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