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Old 01-12-2005, 04:30 PM  
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Roethlisberger giving playoff money to tsunami victims

Roethlisberger gives check to tsunami aid


NFL.com wire reports

PITTSBURGH (Jan. 11, 2005) -- Ben Roethlisberger has surprised his Pittsburgh Steelers ' teammates many times during his unbeaten rookie season. He did so again, announcing he'll donate his first NFL playoff paycheck to the tsunami victims relief effort.

Even on a team that openly encourages its players to participate in charity activities and community events, Roethlisberger's $18,000 gesture before the Jan. 15 Jets-Steelers game created a positive stir.

"Wow, I didn't even know that," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "Guys do a lot of different things in different ways that people don't always hear about, but that's great -- that's for a great cause, definitely. That's a big tragedy, and I hope everyone will at least donate (something)."

Unlike the regular season, when each player earns a weekly share of his base salary, playoff salaries are determined by the league's collective bargaining agreement and each player is paid the same.

Roethlisberger, who is 13-0 as a rookie quarterback, hopes other NFL players will follow his lead.

"I'm going to donate my game check this week to the tsunami relief -- and hopefully maybe (it will be) a challenge for other people to do that, too," Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger became motivated to act after numerous NBA players -- including Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal and Bob Sura -- donated $1,000 per point scored last weekend to the relief effort. The NBA players' union also donated $500,000, and the NBA will match the gift.

In the NFL, the Patriots made playoff tickets available to fans who donated at least $1,000 to efforts to aid the estimated 5 million tsunami victims.

"A game check isn't anything like some of the Yankees and some of those people who've donated a million dollars, but every little thing they can get can help," Roethlisberger said. "Hopefully, it's a challenge to other NFL players. We've seen the NBA players do it."

Roethlisberger, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, has a base salary of $230,000, but also will collect $9 million in signing and roster bonuses by early next year and as much as $2.6 million in first-season performance bonuses.

Roethlisberger's gesture impressed Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who has talked all season about the rookie's maturity.

"That's a heck of a gesture on his part. That says a lot about the kid for him to do something like that," Cowher said. "I've said all along the kid's got a great perspective on things and that's another example of it."

No other Steelers players have said if they will match Roethlisberger's gesture, which was announced just before practice and may not yet be known to them.
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:33 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:38 PM   #3
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Thats a nice Tax writeoff for him.
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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Thats a nice Tax writeoff for him.
Sure. But mostly it's just a nice thing to do.
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:43 PM   #5
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Yea I read that and wondered if any of the NFL players would do like the NBA players did for Kobe and match him ??

But then again NBA players make a hell'of'allot more cash than the average NFL player does !
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:46 PM   #6
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:51 PM   #7
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Very cool, good too see someone doing the right thing. I hope some of you guys have sent at least a couple bucks yourself.
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:55 PM   #8
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It's nice to do, but let's not make him a saint in the process... I've heard about this only 100 times already on the Sports Center updates. Again, not knocking it, but these are million dollar athletes, let's not make it a big deal.
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It's nice to do, but let's not make him a saint in the process... I've heard about this only 100 times already on the Sports Center updates. Again, not knocking it, but these are million dollar athletes, let's not make it a big deal.
Yea, I didn't figure any Broncos players would meet the challenge either.
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Old 01-12-2005, 05:12 PM   #11
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Old 01-12-2005, 05:28 PM   #13
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Ha ... as many as the KC team, I suppose.
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Old 01-12-2005, 05:34 PM   #14
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Yeah. $18,000 sounds like a lot of money until you see dude is making $10,000,000.

As you all know, I'm a big fan of charity, but I don't want to hear about some dude donating .0001% of his paycheck. You want to impress me? Donate 80% of your ****ing check. I'm pretty sure you'll find a way to eat on $2,000,000.
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Old 01-12-2005, 05:35 PM   #15
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That was my point... his $18k might be the same as my $50. Listening to the talking heads on radio, you'd think the guy donated his bonus.
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