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Posted at 10:59 PM ET, 02/ 6/2011

Ben Roethlisberger: Super Bowl loss is 'on my shoulders'

By Cindy Boren

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whose season began with a four-game suspension stemming from an alleged sexual assault, fell short of earning a measure of redemption and joining the elite company of quarterbacks with three Super Bowl victories.

"It's on my shoulders," Roethlisberger said in an NFL Network interview. "We didn't play good and we dug ourselves a hole. ... No excuses. Just can't do it. Regardless of the situation, you just can't turn the ball over."

Pressed to explain what happened in the Steelers' 31-25 loss to the Packers, Roethlisberger said: "This game, it's a crazy game. The ball's got to bounce your way sometimes. And sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. You've got to give them credit. They're a good football team and they got after us."

By the time he arrived in the media room, Roethlisberger had shaved off his beard but hadn't changed his tune.

"There's probably a lot of what ifs. There's a lot of throws I'd like to have back," he said. "Like I said, I don't put a blame on anybody but myself. I feel like I let the city of Pittsburgh down and the fans and my coaches and my teammates and it's not a good feeling."

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 10:59 PM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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ben will win another superbowl at some point.

moreover, it's gonna take more than a lombardi trophy to make him a redeemed man.

Posted by: j762 | February 6, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Roethlisberger's karma curse is that he will NEVER win a Super Bowl UNTIL he apologizes and MAKES AMENDS. Giving the $40,000 that he earned tonight to a women's center for assault victims would be a step in the right direction.
See the actual police reports and decide for yourself at: www.thesmokinggun.com

Posted by: butchgrabowski | February 7, 2011 12:24 AM | Report abuse

True enough -- the team with the better QB won. As did the team with the fewest rapists. Green Bay did the world a favor by eliminating first the dog torturer and last the rapist. Cool.

Posted by: dolph924 | February 7, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Shame on you all you Steelers' fans for rooting for and supporting your QB, Ben Roethlisberger, a serial rapist. I wish you nothing but losses while he is your QB.

Posted by: neil64 | February 7, 2011 1:39 AM | Report abuse

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Ben Roethlisberger are loss in Super Bowl Championship. It's so sad and also shame for coach and teammates. Roethlisberegr also accept this and said, it's so bad for my coach and teammates.

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Posted by: webcontent2011 | February 7, 2011 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Sure are a lot of PIttsburgh haters down there. I suppose that if all I had was the Redskins and Ravens, and that the Capitals choked every playoff against the Penguins, Id feel the same.

Posted by: Denny_98 | February 7, 2011 6:47 AM | Report abuse

DOLPH924 (12:27am)- I hope you're kidding. Roethlisberger is a far better qb than Rodgers. Rodgers is good and growing, but tonight he began and finished only one scoring drive down the field that ended with a td in the first qr. The other 3 came off turnovers, 1 close to the end zone, one can be credited to Nelson who ran for 40 yds off a short pass on a 3rd and 10, otherwise Rodgers would of been 3 and out AGAIN, and the other was scored by a defensive player off a pick. He was inefficient and virtually irrelevant in the 2nd half, good job getting your team to that last field goal, aka, your only scoring drive in the entire 2nd half. And as for VIck, get over it. While you're at it, complain about Stallworth, Ray Lewis, Little, and a myriad of other players charged with and/or convicted of murder, raping or abusing women, and driving under the influence and using felony class drugs and still playing in the NFL. And if by chance you're a dolphins fan, why don't you worry about your own players like Phillip Merling, the over 300 lb defensive end who beat up on a pregnant lady earlier this year. Miami also had 3 other players arrested in less than a month and a half around the same time for DUIs and assault. There are lowlife's on every team, the coaches and owner's know it before they acquire these jokers, and they don't care. It's all about results on the field, which is why Goodell allows habitual felons to continue to play. GB didn't win because they have a better qb, they won because Pittsburgh made too many mistakes and handed them the game. Get your head on straight and stop using 'karma' as the reason the Steelers lost. They lost due to lack of focus and sloppy play. What are you, a football fan or a peace loving flag waving hippie? Jesus.

Posted by: JWAKE11 | February 7, 2011 6:51 AM | Report abuse

The loss?? I am still back on the two rapes.

I am glad this bum did not win. I like the Steelers and the owner but this guy is a bum plain and simple

Posted by: dfb69 | February 7, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

ben r--too much partying during super bowl week. his game was way off. But, he's a party animal and loves the booze and the ladies.

Posted by: BeachDrifter | February 7, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Winning a football game will never "redeem" a rapist. What a ridiculous thing to say.

Posted by: lizae | February 7, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing this rap crap about Ben. Our most of you that stupid to think that this woman(girl) from redneck milledgeville new exactly what she was doing. She new who he was and new about what supposidly expired before. First of all if she was truly raped/assulted she is just like a prostitue because if his agents did offer hush money why did she take it and not prosicute him. If I was attacked and rapped there is no amount of hush money that would shut me up. Did any of you think about that. Why did she go in the restroom with a man regardless of who he was. She found a way to get a killing and Ben was stupid enough to fall for it. The only thing Ben did wrong was think with his thing and not think smart that this money sucking girl was after only one thing and she got it! Seriously how many woman out there would first put themselves in a situation like that and then if it did happen why would you take money instead of going forward and getting hime arrested? I will tell you why because she knew from the beginning what she was doing. Oh and just incase you think this is a man typing this, no I am a woman!

Posted by: Steelers43 | February 7, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Steelers43 thank you for the funniest comments i have read in a while. I hope it is a joke at least. If not you really need to pick up a dictionary some time.

Posted by: wdv1137 | February 7, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Roethlisberger is a blow-hard pig who was too busy feeling sorry for himself than to focus on the game. The better team won. Mothers, lock up your daughters cause the season's over and Ben has plenty of time on his hands.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | February 7, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Ben Worthlessburger's quandary is that he'll never be able to apologize for what he did, unless he's willing to spend a minimum of twenty years in a Georgia state prison.

Posted by: stevenjay | February 7, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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