Big Ben is no pillow, the guy is tough as nails. He has suffered some interesting injuries in his career, because he takes hard hits. The former Miami of Ohio quarterback talked to Peter King of MMQB, today about self-reporting concussions.
“You can replace a lot of body parts, but you can’t replace a brain,” Roethlisberger told MMQB’s Peter King. “You see the effects of it from past players, players who have taken their lives, the CTE, all that stuff and, you know, I’m thinking about my family and long term. I love this game and I love my brothers that I play football with, and I would encourage any player who has an issue with their brain to just report it properly. … We are blessed to play this game but we also have a life to live.”
Roethlisberger pulled himself from a game in 2015, and he is proud of it.
“I’m proud of it,” Roethlisberger said. “I have been just like Drew [Brees] where I haven’t reported things before either. Probably everybody who has ever played the game of football hasn’t reported an injury. For me it wasn’t about an injury — I’ve played through many injuries — but when you talk about your head, that is a different ball game.”