Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Changed Man? Ben Roethlisberger Defies Every Law of Redemption

By now, he deserves to be treated as if he's a modest man, bearing the emphasis of humankind and goodness as a matured human being with a clear understanding of how to value the essence of life with a gracious and humbled disposition.

If he's not typified as a malefactor accused of sex crimes, simply when he wasn't charged in either case of his sexual assault allegations within the last three years, it's because Ben Roethlisberger happened to change his way of living to escape an impending doom. It's very telling that Roethlisberger is a different man when he acts respectful towards women, no longer feels he's above the law, no longer behaves as if he's superior with a powerful mind to influence weak-minded women into his abnormal trap.

Maybe at one point in his life, putting himself in jeopardy by partying on college campuses and mingling with women, he was an immature, reckless individual. Nowadays, he shows gratitude toward not only football, but life in general. And perhaps never have the Pittsburgh Steelers, a franchise that symbolizes personal excellence and emphasizes strong character, been caught in a dire crisis until its franchise quarterback faced repugnant accusations.

Shortly after, he wasn't identified as a savior, but classified as Rapethlisberger, wrongly accused of accusations although he was never charged with a crime in either incident given the lack of evidence. But any humane person in a forgiving nation has not forgotten the allegations of his horrific past. In the meantime, living in America, we have forgiven him of his wrongdoings, if he ever committed a pair of crimes. The frequent patterns of his unlawful occurrences nearly ravaged his credibility as the likeable figure.

Amidst all the personal issues and off-the-field misconduct that erased the nostalgia of his heroics for Pittsburgh's Super Bowl achievements, Roethlisberger finally has healed from the downfall and restored the memories of an accomplished career. If he leads the Steelers to a third title, giving Pittsburgh a total of seven titles in franchise history, he'll once again reign as the star quarterback, recapture endorsements and salvage his 8-year, $102 million contract.

In the brightest game of his redemptive story, when no one ever imagined the Steelers advancing to the Super Bowl after Roethlisberger had been forced to serve a 4-game suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, he still engineered the Steelers to another Super Bowl appearance. Despite all of his boneheaded decisions in the past, along with all the distractions earlier in the season, a win cures everything. No more turmoil that nearly impelled the Rooneys to move forward without Roethlisberger by trading or releasing the troubled quarterback.

To his credit, he has handled the scrutiny and criticism with maturity, ready to move forward and release the dreadful memories on a mission to win his third NFL championship. In the midst of a dramatic week, he'll be the focal point of attention and surrounded by a swarm of reporters come Super Bowl Media Day held at Cowboys Stadium. It hardly seems as if he ever was accused of wrongdoings, unwilling to reflect on his troubled past and focus strictly on sustaining the hardware in Dallas.

Ever since he had the sexual assault complaint filed against him by a 20-year-old college student at the time in a small Georgia town, he was lambasted and despised by many for disrespecting women. Very quickly, the quarterback who led the Steelers to a pair of Super Bowl victories and proclaimed as a well-known hero in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger was defined as the polarizing athlete and forgotten in a town that applauded the god-like superstar.

This season is clear evidence of a redemptive period, a moment for Roethlisberger to clear his name of any unlawful madness that almost damaged his remarkable future and life as a respectable NFL star. The Steelers allowed him a second chance, an opportunity to confirm that he can rectify his mistakes to behave like a modest individual with a knowledgeable mind.

It's such a beautiful story, at a point in his life when he's not too reckless, dumb-minded or careless, but instead more serious and discerning about the concepts of life, willing to adjust his way of living to avoid poor judgment and potentially self-destruction. So really, it looks as if he has turned himself around and earned back the respect among ownership, players, coaches and fans.

Suddenly, he's the new Big Ben. Out with the old and in with the new.

For him, this is the road to redemption.