‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger Faces Possible Huge Choice Sunday

Why the Steelers star may skip out on game day this Sunday and why it would be worth it.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

'Big' Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback who may go down as the best in Steelers franchise history when its all said and done (sorry Terry Bradshaw), hasn't always done things the right way. Despite knowing record success on the field since his rookie year — who can forget the fifteen straight wins he rattled off — he has had just as much bad luck off it.

From motorcycle wrecks to rape charges, 'Big Ben' hasn't been the posterchild for how the NFL wants its players to act outside of the stadium. Heck, the man has even been criticized for whining about injuries, making them out to be more than they are, even though he has been sacked 350 times, not counting the preseason.

Troubled twenties aside, now that the two time Super Bowl champion has turned 30, his life seems to be fully turned around and he's finally got that head of his screwed on straight. In an interview with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger opened up about turning 30, his hope that his best years are ahead of him, and most importantly, the upcoming birth of his first child.

Roethlisberger is due to be a father sometime late this year — he refused to give an exact date — and in showing his great excitement for the upcoming event, he did drop one bomb that will have some fans potentially at arms with his new title of 'dad.'

"I'm not missing the birth of my child," Roethlisberger said emphatically. "There's no chance. I know some fans probably don't want to hear that, but there's no chance."

With that one statement, one sure to create a tizzy in some circles, we get a glimpse into the head of the new Ben Roethlisberger. A look at a man who has found his balance off the field as well as on it. It's clear that his upcoming fatherhood is going to be a major event for Ben, who seems to be as pumped for it as much as he would be for a Super Bowl start.

"It's exciting,'' Roethlisberger said of impending fatherhood. "There's a lot of things you don't think about. It's kind of like when you're younger and you want to play quarterback in the NFL, all you think about is playing quarterback, you don't think about the interviews and the little things you have to do. It's kind of the same thing.

"When you're going to be a father, all you think about is having this little baby, you don't think about the registry, the room, the diapers, all the little things that go along with it. It's exciting and it is a little bit scary, too. It is. Before long, you're going to have this little life that you're taking care of. But I've heard nothing but great things from people [about] just how it will change your life. I'm just so excited for that challenge.”

Ben did offer one bright spot for those who may be aggravated by his decision, he said that he and his wife will do everything possible to make sure the birth isn't on game day.

"We'll do everything we can to make sure it doesn't happen," Roethlisberger said of trying to avoid a game-day birth, something that mother nature may have a hand in deciding.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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