You guys. It’s going to be okay.
I know I’m being flippant, and I probably shouldn’t, but Benny brings out the flippancy in me. Gosh. Is flippancy the right word there or would that be better in a sentence about dolphins?
Either way, Benny has found the Lord and he opened up to the Trib about it.
As Ben Roethlisberger’s charmed life appeared to be crashing down around him, following a second accusation of sexual assault, he turned to his Bible.
“The first thing I read, the very first thing, was about the shepherd who loses one sheep. He goes out, finds it and leaves his whole flock and goes to find it,” the Steelers’ quarterback said Tuesday. “And that’s so true.”
The portion of the Bible Benny refers to says this:
I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
So, touche to Benny for pulling that one out of his … man, I really want to use the word ass here, but it seems wrong while I’ve just quoted the Bible. But whatever.
Touche, Benny. Well played.
I’m not going to even venture to give an opinion on this interview, because it seems wrong to question whether someone’s new found religion is genuine or not, but I will say this, I have been informed over the last two months by four different people that Benny has been going to church regularly.
Later in the interview, the Trib asks:
You have the chance to write one of the greatest redemption stories of all time. Do you ever think about that?
OMG, Trib. Hyperbole much?!
Yes, the greatest redemption story of all time will be about the jerky NFL quarterback who partied too hard, and maybe sexually assaulted a girl or two but was never charged, and who went on to win some football fans back.
I bet that story will be in the Bible 2.0 as soon as God gets around to writing it.
The Parable of The Lost Quarterback, they’ll call it.
It will appear right after The Parable of the Golfer Who Learned to Keep it in his Pants, but before the Parable of the Quarterback Who Killed Dogs For Sport and two books after The Parable of the Well-Endowed Wide Receiver Who Tweeted Too Much.