Ashley Roethlisberger, wife of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, detailed the difficulty of the 2019 season in the first episode of a player-focused documentary series.
Ben Roethlisberger was injured in the second week of the season in 2019 and was out for the rest of the year. Ashley Roethlisberger said the offseason of the season was particularly difficult due to the controversy over Antonio Brown and the death of Darryl Drake, the coach of the late Steelers wide receiver.
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“Last year’s offseason was probably one of the toughest offseason we’ve had in our marriage,” she said during the episode. “Personally, there have been disappointments. Professionally, I understand that criticism is part of the job. I understand that. I wish it hadn’t, but I understand. But last year seemed different.
When the quarterback learned of the extent of his injury, he called Ashley to let her know what was going on. She said during the episode that she couldn’t believe it. She said she told her husband that if he wanted to retire, she would understand.
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“I told her I was only going to say it once,” she said. “I wanted him to hear me and mark my words, I will not come back to the subject, but if he felt satisfied where he was with the career he had and that it was at the heart of it. do, I would support it 100%. in this. He doesn’t have to worry about my feelings in all of this. I want what he wants. Basically, I was just giving him permission to retire if that was his heart and I was going to support him in this area.
“And he listened, and you can tell he really took that to heart and thought. And he said, “Thank you, but I don’t feel finished. I’m not finished.'”
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