Teammate says Ben Roethlisberger stuck it to rookie in club
When the Steelers hear stories about Ben Roethlisberger in a bar, they have to hold their breath.
Actually, this one only ends up poorly for some rookie who went home with a big bar tab.
In a profile of former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall in Men’s Journal, he mentioned that leaving a credit card with the quarterback was a bad idea.
Mendenhall recalled that rookies are expected to throw a party at the beginning of the season, and it apparently was a big one for some unfortunate offensive lineman.
“Ben just did the whole thing,” Mendenhall said “One night — the rookie ended up with a $25,000 bill from the club.”
As rookie initiations go, that’s probably not the worst possible outcome, so long as it was a high enough draft pick whose signing bonus could cover the tab. But it was also an expensive lesson in trusting the Steeler with the most expensive contract.