This is the kind of news that will make Pittsburgher’s weep:
Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, who last season became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to a Super Bowl title, was injured Monday morning in a motorcycle accident and has been transported to a local hospital with head injuries of unspecified severity.
“He was alert and conscious,” said Ernie Roman, shift commander for the Allegheny County emergency service, told The Associated Press.
ESPN.com’s John Clayton reports that early indications are the injuries are not life-threatening.
Roethlisberger, the team’s first-round choice in the 2004 draft, was transported to the trauma unit of nearby Mercy Hospital, a source confirmed for ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli, but his condition is unknown.
Witnesses told authorities that Roethlisberger’s motorcycle collided with a car near a downtown intersection and that Roethlisberger’s head hit the windshield and was bleeding. Roethlisberger has said in the past that he prefers not to wear a helmet when riding.
I hope to God he is alright, and then I hope the Steelers renegotiate his contract so that the jackass if forbidden from riding his motorcyle without a helmet.