Pittsburgh Zoo Trades Ben Roethlisberger For NHL Hall of Famer

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 19:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers kicks a helmet as he practices on April 19, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium has decided to trade Ben Roethlisberger's name for former Pittsburgh Penguins star forward and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux in an exhibit that displays the height of animals compared to other animals.

The 14-foot high exhibit marks different heights of certain animals measured in feet.

On the sides of the exhibit are names marking the height of different animals.

Around the six-and-a-half foot mark had once stood the name of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Now it is no more.

Based on the recent happenings of the Steelers' football player, the Pittsburgh Zoo decided it would be best to trade the name with another Pittsburgh athlete who is about Roethlisberger's height.

They decided to use the name of former Penguins forward and current Chairman of the Board Lemieux's name instead.

Lemieux actually only measures up to 6'4", but Zoo staff decided it would be better off with the change rather then leave the troubled quarterbacks' name up there.

"Mr. Roethlisberger isn't the most popular person right now," remarked Tracy Gray, manager of public relations for the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault last month at a bar and club in Milledgeville, Georgia by a 20-year old sophomore from Georgia College & State University.

Prosecutors were unable to file charges against him due to a lack of evidence found at the scene of the crime.


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