Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger granted an exclusive interview to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Tuesday, and the theme was the changes he has made after a tumultuous offseason that hit its low point when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for six games. (Goodell will review the penalty with Roethlisberger in a face-to-face meeting Friday).
Roethlisberger said his change of heart began with reading his Bible.
“The first thing I read, the very first thing, was about the shepherd who loses one sheep. He goes out, finds it and leaves his whole flock and goes to find it,” the quarterback told reporter Scott Brown. “And that’s so true.”
Roethlisberger made no bones about enjoying the trappings of stardom that came from winning two Super Bowls in four seasons, but he said he has moved on and that his return to faith has helped him find peace.
Roethlisberger realizes that many might be skeptical of his proclamations, but fans and media — with whom the quarterback has been indifferent toward at times — and his Steelers teammates have noticed substantive changes.
“Earlier in his career, he left the building and a lot of people didn’t know what he did,” veteran WR Hines Ward said. “He was just secluded by himself, but now he’s opening himself up to guys. He’s joking around with everybody, rookies included. He’s a different guy.”