August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (center) reacts as he talks to quarterbacks Charlie Batch (16) and Byron Lefwich (4) on the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Would Miss Game If Wife Goes Into Labor


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he would miss a Steelers game if his pregnant wife went into labor. If Roethlisberger missed the game, the Steelers offense would be in the hands of either Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch.

“I’m not missing the birth of my child,” Roethlisberger told Bouchette. “There’s no chance. I know some fans probably don’t want to hear that, but there’s no chance.

“When you’re going to be a father, all you think about is having this little baby, you don’t think about the registry, the room, the diapers, all the little things that go along with it. It’s exciting and it is a little bit scary, too. It is. Before long, you’re going to have this little life that you’re taking care of. But I’ve heard nothing but great things from people [about] just how it will change your life. I’m just so excited for that challenge.”

Back in 1993, Houston Oilers offensive tackle David Williams skipped a game for the birth of his child and the team fined him a game check and said he let down hundreds and thousands of fans.

How do NFL fans feel about this situation? Would you want your starting quarterback to miss a game for the birth of their child? Let your comments be heard in the comments section.

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  • Jamie Morrison

    It’s a young father’s first baby for God’s sake! I love the Steelers as much as anyone but a football game is not important compared to a new life entering the world!