Roethlisberger will need actions, not words

As adeptly phrased by Rich Eisen, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger broke radio and TV silence Thursday with his first public comments since he was suspended for six games by the NFL.

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora also reported Thursday that a sit-down interview with a national media figure is a distinct possibility for Roethlisberger.

Warren Sapp and Rod Woodson discussed on “NFL Total Access” whether Roethlisberger, who referred to his teammates as “brothers” and “family” during his brief comments, has some bridges to rebuild in the Steelers’ locker room.

“Actions. No doubt about it,” Sapp said. “There are no words that he can tell any of his teammates right now, or anyone in the media, that we’re all going to jump on his side. It’s going to be actions, and days. Every day that he is with the organization and gets a little farther away from the situation, and does everything he is supposed to do, that’s the only way.”

Woodson, who spent his first 10 NFL seasons in Pittsburgh, shared some perspective.

“He can apologize and say all the right things, but words are hollow,” Woodson added. “They have to be followed up by deeds. He’s probably rubbed some of the players the wrong way. The only way you can mend that, honestly, at the end of the day is to be up front and honest in the locker room, but go win some football games. … It’s going to be hard for a lot of those conservative individuals in Pittsburgh to root for him, but they’ll keep rooting for the Steelers. But once he starts winning football games again, he’ll win them over.”

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