“Moving forward, you have to make sure you make the right decision, and that right decision is something I’m going to have to make, when that [alcohol] situation presents itself,” he told KDKA. “You can’t stop living, but you’ve got to live smart.”
“I’ve wanted to apologize to them [fans] for so many things. For being immature, for being dumb, for being young, for not knowing any better,” he told WTAE. “For getting caught up in everything that was thrown my way. … In 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.”
Roethlisberger is sorry that his behavior hurt and saddened his parents, sister and other family members. His sister, Carlee, was a member of Oklahoma’s women’s basketball Final Four team, yet she told reporters he did not attend one of her games last season.
Already, he said, family members can tell a difference in him since the Georgia incident.
“My dad said to me about a month ago, ‘It’s good to have my son back,'” Roethlisberger told WTAE. “That killed me because my dad’s been my best friend. For him to say that to me really let me know I wasn’t who he raised me to be.”