Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Speaks

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger addressed the media for the first time since returning to the practice field. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was there, and transcribed Roethlisberger's comments and answers to both of the questions the media was allowed to ask.

"I appreciate it guys. I know you guys have been waiting for a long time to talk to me as I have to you. I just wanted to make a quick, let you guys know how good it is to be back on the field. It's been a long time away, it's been hard but I put a long time and effort and working hard both on and off the field while I've been gone. It's not the same, I love football to death. But I think it's meant more to be out here with my teammates, my brothers, my family, if you will. So that's what has really been neat about being back out here.

"I've put a lot of thought into my life, decisions that I've made in the past that I've been sitting at home thinking about things. I've been working closely with the commissioner on ways to make changes, corrections. So, I'm looking forward to the second chance and a second opportunity, not just in football because I think everyone knows what you're going to get in football, but in life. I think that's what's kind of more important.

"Like I said I'm happy to be back out here, even kind of happy to see you guys again. So, maybe I'll take a question or two."

For Roethlisberger's riveting answers to the questions, click here. To see Mike Florio's head explode, click here.

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