Ben Roethlisberger’s Biggest Fear: Cheerleaders

When you’re a quarterback in the NFL you’ve got a lot of things to worry about come gameday. Not only do you have to memorize a couple hundred plays and all the odd names given to the plays, but there’s also the matter of the 270-lb. man trying to separate your head from your body.

You would think that would be Ben Roethlisberger’s biggest fear.  After all, with the offensive line he’s playing behind this season, and his tendency to hold on to the ball, he’s been getting killed all season. Despite that, though, going into their game against the Redskins this Monday night Ben’s not worried about being broken in half. He’s worried about those Redskins cheerleaders.


“I’m not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they’re really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That’s just not good,” Roethlisberger said yesterday.

Washington Redskins cheerleader

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The practice by the Redskins cheerleaders was so legendary around the league that when commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all teams last year banning the practice some dubbed the “Redskins Rule.”

Washington Redskins cheerleaders

“It can be [distracting], let’s be truthful. They’ve done it before. I’ve heard a rumor that they’re not allowed to do it anymore.”

Ben’s right, Redskins cheerleaders stretching can be very distracting. In fact, if you check the police report you would see that there was a Redskins cheerleader stretching on the corner when Ben rode his motorcycle into a turning car.