Pittsburgh Steelers

What If...Ben Roethlisberger Hadn't Survived His Motorcycle Accident?

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Bob MarleyCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

This is a very sore subject for Steelers fans to discuss.

We all remember the news that arrived around 11:00 am in June of 2006. This is a new series I am starting that will analyze what coulda woulda shoulda happened.

If Ben Roethlisberger had had complications, or worse, the organization would be different—completely different.

Roethlisberger was not wearing his helmet and the accident left him in pain and caused many facial wounds. Ben could have died that day. If he hadn't been able to play another snap in the NFL, we may not be Sixburgh fans.

The first thing that would have happened is the organization would have been devastated. There would have been memorials, probably a patch on their jerseys, and emotions that the players would not have been able to control.

The first change that would have happened is that Charlie Batch would've become the starting quarterback. Batch has shown that he can play football, but is injury-prone. The Steelers probably would have gone 8-8, but have had two or three quarterbacks start.

Cowher would still leave because his motive had no reason to change.

In the draft, instead of selecting Lawrence Timmons, we probably would have selected Brady Quinn 15th overall. The 2007 season would not have been the same because Tomlin would not have wanted to throw Quinn immediately, letting Batch start again. Quinn would have seen some playing time, but not much.

The team would have finish ed 9-7, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

2008 would have been Quinn's first year, and it would not have been a good one. He would have shown he had yet to develop, starting all 16 games, with a record of 5-11. He would probably have earned more interceptions than touchdowns.

If you think back, we are fortunate to have Ben. Without him, the Steelers would not have done as well as they have, and would not have won the Super Bowl.

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