Ben Rothlisberger Crashes Hayabusa

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by Tanman, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Tanman

    Tanman Moderator

    Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship, was badly injured in a motorcycle crash Monday in which he was not wearing a helmet.

    The extent of his injuries was not known, although the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that police said Roethlisberger lost most of his teeth, fractured his left sinus cavity bone, suffered a 9-inch laceration to the back of his head and a broken jaw, and injured both of his knees.

    Roethlisberger was in serious but stable condition, said Dr. Larry Jones, chief of trauma at Mercy Hospital.

    "He was talking to me before he left for the operating room," Jones said. "He's coherent. He's making sense. He knows what happened. He knows where he is. From that standpoint, he's very stable."

    Roethlisberger's mother, Brenda, was crying as she arrived at the hospital.


    Roethlisberger's 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa, reportedly capable of top speeds of 189 mph, is hauled away. (AP)
    Steelers president Art Rooney said the team was "encouraged by the early reports from the medical team" at the hospital. "I am sure Ben knows that we are praying for his complete recovery."

    The 24-year-old Roethlisberger was without a helmet, police said. He has said he likes to ride without one, a habit that once prompted a lecture from Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher.

    Roethlisberger was on his black 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa -- the company calls it the world's fastest bike for legal street riding -- and heading toward an intersection on the edge of downtown. A silver Chrysler New Yorker traveling in the opposite direction took a left turn and collided with the motorcycle, and Roethlisberger was thrown, police said.

    The other car was driven by a 62-year-old woman, police said. They didn't immediately release her name and no charges were filed.

    Witness Sandra Ford was waiting at a bus stop when she said she saw the motorcycle approach. Seconds later, she said she heard a crash, saw the motorcyclist in the air and ran toward the crash scene.

    "He wasn't moving and I was afraid that he had died. ... He wasn't really speaking. He seemed dazed but he was resisting the effort to make him stay down," said Ford, who didn't realize the motorcyclist was Roethlisberger.

    Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Kraus said police and homicide units were leading the investigation, a standard practice when there is an accident with critical injuries.

    In only his second year in the NFL, Roethlisberger helped guide the Steelers to the Super Bowl title in February at age 23. Training camp for next season begins at the end of July.

    Several teammates, including backup quarterback Charlie Batch, linebacker Joey Porter and safety Mike Logan, arrived at the emergency room.

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    Some fans also gathered at the hospital, including Juanita Clark, who sells Steelers paraphernalia.

    "I just feel like he's a family member," said her daughter, Loretta Clark.

    The NFL's standard player contract prohibits any activity involving "significant risk of personal injury" apart from football. But many prominent athletes ride motorcycles anyway, despite the risk and the possibility of losing salary.

    In May 2005, Cowher warned Roethlisberger about safe riding after Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was injured in a motorcycle accident. Winslow tore knee ligaments and was lost for the season.

    Other athletes injured on motorcycles during their careers include basketball's Jason Williams, skiing's Hermann Maier and auto racing's Dario Franchitti.

    Roethlisberger has said in the past that he prefers not to wear a helmet when riding his motorcycle. He has pointed out Pennsylvania's state law requiring helmets to be worn was repealed in September 2003.

    "He talked about being a risk-taker and I'm not really a risk-taker. I'm pretty conservative and laid back, but the big thing is to just be careful," Roethlisberger said at the time. "I'll just continue to be careful. I told him we don't ever ride alone, we always ride in a group of people, and I think it makes it even more safe."

    Roethlisberger continued to ride after Winslow's accident and that angered Terry Bradshaw, who quarterbacked the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories during the 1970s.

    Visiting the Steelers' training camp last summer, Bradshaw remarked: "Ride it when you retire."
     

  2. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    1) He's an idiot for being out there without a helmet.
    2) Damn old woman cutting in and taking him out!!
    3) It sucks that the news groups keep saying that he crashed his motorcycle instead of that some idiot cager crashed into him.
    4) He's an idiot for defending his choice to not wear a helmet.
    "Roethlisberger has said in the past that he prefers not to wear a helmet when riding his motorcycle. He has pointed out Pennsylvania's state law requiring helmets to be worn was repealed in September 2003."
     
  3. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    I just watched an interview from a year ago where he kept saying that it's not the law so he doesn't need to wear a helmet.
    I bet he's regretting that decision now since almost all of his injuries were to his head and could have been DRAMATICALLY reduced if he weren't a moron.
     
  4. That sucks I hope he gets better soon. Football starts in a couple months
     
  5. his football job is over I feel , he f'ed his knees..
     
  6. Tanman

    Tanman Moderator

    You're right, his face trauma got all the headlines but he can get some dentures and a voicebox to call the plays but his knees are the real issue. If they are jelly then his career is over.
     
  7. I keep hearing that his knees are fine just bruised. I would like to be hard on him for not wearing a helmet but I cant, He is an adult and very capable of making that decision. I wear a helmet but am not a helmet or seat belt law advocate. I wear the helmet cause I think I should not because the government tells me I have too. :police: :sniper Allow people to make an educated to decision and they will, and those who dont well that goes back to survival of the fittest.
     

  8. Well I understand that, but I am a helment and at lest jacket advocate, I did a school essay on the helment laws and we have alot of deaths do to head injuries, alot of these death could have been avoided if they were wearing a helment, but that is just me.
     
  9. And your decision to wear that jacket and helmet and gloves and boots is a very good one that I too make when I get on my bike Im just not a fan of BIG GOV. I love my country because I have the right to make my own decisions as long as that decision doesnt endanger someone else. Our lawmakers seem to be getting really out of control there is a law for everything now.
     
  10. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    I can agree with your point that Gov't shouldn't be making the decision for us but I still think the guy is an idiot. His reasoning is pretty much the opposite of yours: since the Gov't didn't require it, it must not be that important. Basically, he's saying that he's cool with the Gov't deciding for him and that he trusts them to look out for his safety. Only an idiot believes the Gov't has public safety as priority #1.
     
  11. stop bagging the gov they make laws to help protect the inocent, and to point the way for the stupid. They keep order in the steets.
     
  12. Well, I do find it odd that you do not have a choice on if you can wear a selt belt or not in a car, but you have a choice to ride a bike that goes 195mph with or with out a helment. To me it seems that the GOV nit-pick some things, yet do not nit-pick others. I listen to Glenn Beck on 580 KIDO a.m. station at 3 O'Clock, I feel he put it the best.
     
  13. I'm going on i'll worry about myself and let him make his own decisions. He made an educated decision we shall see if his view change. I'll think as long as he doesn't have clotting issues or anurisms from this he will be playing ball this comming year.
     
  14. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    The dude was riding on a permit which means he was required by Pennsilvania law to wear a helmet. FINED.
    His permit was EXPIRED so he had no valid motorcycle license at all. FINED.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/20...bergerac.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not have a valid motorcycle license when he crashed into a woman's car last week, and the driver -- who will be cited for failing to yield -- has received threatening phone calls.

    Roethlisberger will be issued $388 in fines and fees for riding without a license and not wearing a helmet, police Collision Investigator Dan Connolly said Monday. Only licensed motorcyclists are allowed to ride bareheaded in Pennsylvania, with certain restrictions.
     
  15. Hozhead

    Hozhead <img src="/images/ranks/site_founder.gif" alt="BRN

    It sucks to feel like we're not supporting a rider but, he was setting a REALLY bad example for other riders and was perpetuating the bad image we already have so....
    I'm highly amused that he was cited and fined (and that it was publicly released) for not having a valid license or even permit, and for not wearing a helmet when he IS required to. It makes his speech from last year about not wearing a helmet because he's not required to even more funny.
     
  16. I find myself wondering if he werent on a suzuki, would he have even been hurt? The reason I say this is because you know that if he was on a Honda he could have jumped the car and landed safely in a tree 30 feet up the side of a hill. :rofl: :rofl: For you new guys that is a litlle humor from one of last seasons Lowman run!
     
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