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Something to Prove
Phil Taylor's column on Ben Roethlisberger (POINT AFTER, Feb. 14) perfectly reflects my feelings on the Steelers' quarterback. As a fellow graduate of Miami (Ohio) and the father of a 27-year-old woman, I was appalled and disgusted by Roethlisberger's alleged aggression toward women and by his arrogant attitude. I felt he should have been prosecuted and booted out of the NFL. Nonetheless, it appears that he has been truly humbled by his public disgrace and is changing for the better. I can only hope his reclamation will serve as an example to others.
People deserve a second chance, whether they take it graciously and go on to achieve great things or not. The fact that Roethlisberger was able to overcome adversity and criticism and accomplish a tremendous feat shows a lot about his determination. Though he didn't come out on top, he came as close as possible.
A Pittsburgh victory would not have signified the redemption of Big Ben. Rather, it would have reflected the resilience of his coaches and teammates and the stability of the organization, which held the team together during a tumultuous season. The Steelers projected a maturity that their quarterback did not, and in the process taught Roethlisberger lessons that winning the game never would have.
Greg Olsavsky, Burke, Va.