Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t advising his teammates Tuesday. He was reaching across the city to another one of its sports stars.
During his weekly radio stint with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger offered some advice for Sidney Crosby. The Penguins announced Monday that Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion that is expected to sideline him from the team’s season opener against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
“You can replace a lot of things on your body, but you can’t get a new brain,” Roethlisberger said, according to DKPittsburghSports.com. “What kind of life do you want when you stop playing? You aren’t going to do this forever. Football is what I do, and not what I am and I am sure hockey is what he does and not who he is. I will assume and will take the same approach that I did last year.”
Crosby has dealt with severe effects from a concussion before. He missed 101 games with one between the 2011 and 2012 seasons, although this is his first such diagnosed head injury since then.
Roethlisberger has regularly played through injuries throughout his 13-year career. He drew national attention last season when he re-entered a game against the Seattle Seahawks despite suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit from defensive end Michael Bennett.
This year, he’s leading the league with 15 touchdown passes and has yet to miss time with injury, but he’s constantly thinking about the risk that comes with playing.
“You have to be very careful with the brain,” Roethlisberger said. “It is a very sensitive organ.”