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Roethlisberger learned nothing from Kellen Winslow

and prefers to ride without a helmet........



PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, who last season became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl title, was injured Monday morning in a motorcycle accident and has been transported to a local hospital with head injuries of unspecified severity.

"He was alert and conscious," said Ernie Roman, shift commander for the Allegheny County emergency service, told The Associated Press.

Roethlisberger, the team's first-round choice in the 2004 draft, was transported to the trauma unit of nearby Mercy Hospital, a source confirmed for ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli, but his condition is unknown.

Witnesses told authorities that Roethlisberger's motorcycle collided with a car near a downtown intersection and that Roethlisberger's head hit the windshield and was bleeding. Roethlisberger has said in the past that he prefers not to wear a helmet when riding.

Steelers officials have confirmed the accident, which occurred on Second Avenue near the intersection of 10th Street in Pittsburgh, around 11:30 a.m. The route is one often taken in traveling to the Steelers' facility in the Southside section of the city.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Roethlisberger wasn't wearing a helmet. In previous interviews, Roethlisberger has said that he does not like wearing a helmet while wearing a motorcycle.

In the wake of a motorcycle accident sustained by Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow last spring, Roethlisberger spoke about his own fixation with motorcycles, and his penchant for riding without a helmet. He was admonished by former Steelers quarterback and Hall of Fame member Terry Bradshaw for potentially jeopardizing his career.

ESPN.com's John Clayton reports that early indications are the injuries are not life-threatening.

One of his agents, Ryan Tollner, is in route to Pittsburgh for what was supposed to be a pre-planned trip and will arrive later Monday.

One witness told KDKA television that Roethlisberger was conscious but appeared disoriented before he was taken from the scene to Mercy Hospital.

A Steelers spokesman is at the hospital and confirmed Roethlisberger is being treated there, but wouldn't provide additional details.
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I just heard about this on the XM hockey channel...
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Though I am an Eagles Fan.

This news sux. I hate to hear of riders going down no matter who they are. I Hope he is fine. And From his past comments I doubt he had a helmet.
I wish him well!
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Are you kidding me? I think that these fools must have some screws missing from being tackled so much.
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anybody know what he rides?
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They showed a crashed, black sportbike on FOX News.
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They showed a crashed, black sportbike on FOX News.
Looked like a Hayabusa from the shots I've seen.
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In previous interviews, Roethlisberger has said that he does not like wearing a helmet while wearing a motorcycle.

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i read a similar article earlier today, they mentioned how he always pointed out that the law had been changed to make helmets optional in his state, thats a great role model for young riders, geez he also was quoted as saying he always rides safe and with others, which makes it even safer...wtf? its not the other riders you gotta worry about, its the cars, and since when does riding with others keep cars from hitting you?? (not that it doesnt make you easier to see, but it doesnt make it so much safer that you shouldnt still ride with gear...

i hope he is okay and can still play, and I also hope he learned something from this...
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Roethlisberger has said that he does not like wearing a helmet while wearing a motorcycle.
oops some one didn't edit this well. Impressive to be wearing a motorcycle nonetheless.

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Looked like a Hayabusa from the shots I've seen.
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Roethlisberger Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

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http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=2067827

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PITTSBURGH Jun 12, 2006 (AP) Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship, broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash Monday in which he was not wearing a helmet.

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

The player's agent, Leigh Steinberg, described the injuries to The Associated Press and said he did not know if there was further damage.

"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.

Steelers president Art Rooney II 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 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......

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i hope he is okay and can still play, and I also hope he learned something from this...
Broken jaw and broken nose.
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man and my parents saw the whole report on abc news too.
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Wow, when I heard it earlier and heard the no helmet part I just figured right away that he rode a Harley....

That dumb ass rides a busa with no helmet? I hope he can still spell r-e-t-a-r-d when he gets out, because that is what he is!

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Broken jaw and broken nose.
THATS IT??!! The way the article sounded he was going to die, i know they exagerate a little but thats stupid to make such a fuss over a broken jaw and nose, football player or no...
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Hard to feel sorry for people that get hurt on a bike if they aren't wearing the gear...


Does PA have a helmet law?

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