Are Ben Roethlisberger's Problems a Red Flag for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 6, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field after being injured against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Steelers 27-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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With the most recent sexual assault allegations of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, one has to think what this means for the organization.

Roethlisberger is one of the most decorated young quarterbacks in the history of the NFL since he has already won two Super Bowl rings, but his off-the-field issues have been a problem is which unheard of for the Steelers.

The last time there was a problem-child player it was wide receiver Plaxico Burress (which by no means is any kind of comparison of the two players) and we all know what has happened to him since he left Pittsburgh.

In 2006, Roethlisberger had a joy-riding accident on a motorcycle that nearly killed him, but he was fortunate to walk away from the wreck with only a few head and facial injuries.

He did not have a motorcycle license nor was he wearing a helmet when his head crashed into the windshield of the other vehicle.

Then in the summer of 2009, Roethlisberger's name was connected to a sexual assault charge stemming from Nevada.

Now more sexual assault charges are coming in from Georgia, and this newest information could mean that Roethlisberger may have a deeper issue in dealing with his celebrity status a la Tiger Woods.

To corroborate that he may have deeper issues, there have been various reports, they may just be rumors though, that say Roethlisberger has snapped in public in front of fans many times and even TMZ has reported that he may not be as nice a person as you may think.

The Steelers organization is a very tight-knit group that does not like off-the-field issues to interfere with the team, so even though Roethlisberger will probably not be going anyway soon, it may be time to start looking for a younger quarterback to groom under Roethilisberger.

Whether this turns into a bad downward spiral or not is up to Roethlisberger, but if he does not change or seek out Dr. Drew's help, then the Steelers may be moving forward without the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback a few years down the road.

In the end, his problems do not seem to be going away and this red flag should be cause for the Steelers' front office to really think about the future of the organization now.


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