j_d_mcnugent wrote:Nomar4prez wrote:This is horrible. He's truly one of the good guys in the NFL, and, even though I'm not a Steelers fan, I always enjoy watching him play. I doubt he'll play this year, but I hope he eventually fully recovers and is able to get back on the field someday.
Now, before people start bashing him for not wearing a helmet or even riding a motorcycle at all, remember that most of these guys who play professional football work hard and play hard. You can't expect these guys to go get the s*** knocked out of them on the field, and then go relax and watch Lifetime movies. I know most people won't agree with me, but I have no problem players riding motorcycles or playing pickup hoops. Unless there was something written into his contract about this, then there is no way his contract should be voided.
work hard, play hard when you retire. these guys have millions of dollars. they can find something else to do with their time. ride the bike when you retire.
i've heard his contract permits him to ride the bike during the offseason although the steelers begged him to stop riding after winslow's accident.
I don't buy that at all. Here's an excerpt from an ESPN interview with Roethlisberger that pretty much sums up how I feel about it.
ESPN: What obligation does a professional athlete have in his free time to not engage in certain activities?
Roethlisberger: The obligation for us is on the days we practice and on Sundays, the days that we play. That is the obligation we have, to go out and be athletes toward what we do. In my free time, I can work out, which I do. I can throw, which I do. Or I can do anything else that I want to do -- as long as its not illegal or against the rules.