By Matt Vensel
1:30 PM EST, November 9, 2012
As we have seen over the years, it can sometimes take a lot for the Pittsburgh Steelers to drag quarterback Ben Roethlisberger off the field. But the birth of his of his first child might be one thing that can sideline him.
“I’m not missing the birth of my child,” Roethlisberger told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette earlier this week. “There’s no chance. I know some fans probably don’t want to hear that, but there’s no chance.”
Roethlisberger, who with 2,203 passing yards and 16 touchdowns through eight games games is arguably having the best season of his career, hasn’t revealed when his baby is due, but he hinted on The Dan Patrick Show that it is in the next couple of weeks. The Ravens play the Steelers next week and two weeks later.
The Ravens, who have a one-game lead over the 5-3 Steelers in the AFC North, would surely benefit if Big Ben isn’t under center in one of those two games. But we’ll see if he will actually have to choose between a critical divisional game and the birth of a child.
We will also see if Roethlisberger gets ripped for that decision.
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has been criticized by some -- mainly Mike Florio -- but supported by most after saying that he would skip Sunday night’s showdown with the Houston Texans if his wife were to go into labor with their fourth child.
I support these men either way. It’s their life, so it’s their call.
But the fact remains that it would be a big break for the Ravens if Big Ben’s wife goes into labor before 8:20 p.m. next Sunday night.
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