Former Stillers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who hasn't pulled any punches in criticizing current Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should suspend the embattled passer at least two games.
"Maybe four," Bradshaw told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a phone interview on Wednesday. "I know the Rooneys are steaming. (One more incident), he's gone. They'll unload him. This family is revered in that city and around this great country and the National Football League, and they won't put up with this kind of stuff to win a football game."
Roethlisberger returned to the Steelers training facility yesterday for the first time since voluntary workouts began on March 29. His appearance came a day after his meeting with Goodell, who will now deliberate about a potential punishment.
Roethlisberger found out Monday he will not be charged after being accused of sexual assault by a 20-year-old college student in a March 5 incident in Milledgeville, Ga.
"I've always been real good to him on TV, and he's deserved my good comments as well as he deserves my comments now," Bradshaw told the paper. "My honesty says this: Clean your act up. You are about to (throw) away a career. If you need help, the Rooneys will get you help. If you need to fire the bodyguards (who reportedly brought the woman to a bathroom at a bar where the incident took place), then you have to get rid of them. Build a wall around yourself. Dedicate yourself to your career. He's on the right path of being one of the greatest that ever played, and now he's dragging baggage with him."
Bradshaw is willing to talk to Roethlisberger, but doubts that day will come.
"I think he could care less what I think," Bradsdhaw said. "If he would want to (talk), I would be more than glad to do it. My read on him and my feedback from friends, it ain't going to happen."