Itâs been a milestone year for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
He got married last June, celebrated his 30th birthday in March, graduated college in May and announced in June of this year that he and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their first child -- a baby boy -- later this year.
Channel 4 Action News anchor Sally Wiggin sat down with the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, where heâs preparing for the upcoming season, as well as being a first-time dad.
When asked what kind of father he wants to be, Roethlisberger said he doesnât need to look any further than his own dad, Ken.
âI just want to be like my dad, so Iâve had 30 years of being around, to me, the best role model there is when it comes to being a father. I donât know if a 20-minute sit-down really can do anymore for me than what 30 years of experience has brought to me,â Roethlisberger said when asked if heâs talked with his dad about becoming a father.
But Roethlisberger said he also likes to seek out parenting advice from others, including teammates.
âBrett Keisel and I sat up here the other night for probably about an hour and just sat outside talking about kids and what it was like, so itâs neat to get experience, to talk to people who have experience like that,â said Roethlisberger.
With concussions looming over the NFL, Roethlisberger said heâll allow his son to play football, but there will be some restrictions.
âIf he wants to, yes. Iâm going to support my son in whatever he wants to do. If he wants to play football, Iâm all for it. The only thing I will say is I wonât let him play contact football until the fifth grade -- thatâs when I started playing. Nowadays I think they go full contact way too early. If he wants to play flag football or anything like that early, fine.â
Even though his son has yet to arrive, Roethlisberger said heâs already had an impact on his life, including his decision to get his college degree. He left Miami University of Ohio after his junior season to enter the 2004 NFL Draft, where he was selected 11th overall by the Steelers.