Bradshaw says Roethlisberger should be suspended

Former Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw is calling for Ben Roethlisberger to be suspended. (Keith Srakocic / Associated Press)

Hall of Fame QB Terry Bradshaw is not done with current Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger just yet.

Like a worried father trying to herd his prodigal son, Bradshaw called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspended Roethlisberger for two games, or “maybe four” during a phone interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

For the quarterback’s own good.

Bradshaw earlier this week told the embattled quarterback to clean up his act, a message he repeated during his interview with the Tribune-Review. The goal for Bradshaw is not to embarrass Roethlisberger. Bradshaw acknowledges that Roethlisberger has done a pretty good job of doing that on his own.

Instead, Bradshaw is pained to see a former bright, young, two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback treat his tenure with the Steelers the same way you treat a crumbled paper towel.

“My honesty says this: Clean your act up. You are about to (throw) away a career,” Bradshaw said. If you need help, the Rooneys will get you help. If you need to fire the bodyguards, then you have get rid of them. Build a wall around yourself. Dedicate yourself to your career.

“He’s on the right path of being one of the greatest that ever played, and now he’s dragging baggage with him.”

The only question is if Roethlisberger will listen.

Bradshaw and Roethlisberger have a frosty relationship that would make the heat between Steelers and Browns fans seem amicable. Bradshaw said earlier this week that his relationship with Roethlisberger was strained way back in 2006. Bradshaw told Roethlisberger to “park his motorcycle,” advice that Roethlisberger did not heed, and then wound up in a motorcycle accident months later. Since that time, the relationship has soured.

But Bradshaw would like to mend those fences.

“I would like for nothing better than for him to reach out to me because I think it’s bull there’s this tension between me and him that shouldn’t be there,” Bradshaw said. “I think he could care less what I think. If he would want to (talk), I would be more than glad to do it. My read on him and my feedback from friends, it ain’t going to happen.”

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