WTAE Channel 4 conducted a seven-minute interview with Ben Roethlisberger at his home.The reporter, Sally Wiggin, speculate that the reason for doing the first interview locally -- and not on a national program like Oprah or Larry King, as some have suggested -- was that he wanted to speak straight to Steelers fans because "that's who he cares about."
The full interview will be available tomorrow but here's Roethlisberger apologizing to all of his fans.
"I've wanted to apologize to them for so many things. For being immature, for being dumb, for being young, not knowing any better and getting caught up with everything that was thrown my way. I didn't want to gain the whole world and lose my soul and that's what I was doing.
From the bottom of my heart, I know I haven't been the best person, the best quarterback for the Steelers. I'm not talking just on the field, I'm talking off the field. I try my best and hardest to be a good role model for the kids and do things in the community but I know I can be even better. And that's what I want to do.
"I want to be the best. I strive everyday and I bust my butt to be the best quarterback in the NFL for these fans and for the Steelers. I'm going to strive even harder to be the best off the field, to be the best role model and the best community leader and whatever I can be off the field. I owe that to the fans because I have made a lot of mistakes.
From the bottom of my heart to them if I've ever wronged even one fan. I'm so sorry. I'm going to do everything in my power not to let it happen again."