PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger is putting his reconciliation with Findlay, Ohio, on paper.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback says he intends to list Findlay as his hometown in the team’s 2017 media guide. From 2010-16, Roethlisberger listed Cory Rawson, Ohio, as his birthplace. Before then, it was Findlay.
Upon induction into the Hancock County sports hall of fame on April 22, Roethlisberger addressed the frayed relationship with his hometown based on criticism from some locals around 2010, when he faced a sexual assault allegation in Georgia but wasn’t charged.
“It hurt me very much. It really made me resent this town,” said Roethlisberger of the comments. “I would like to take this moment to say I’m sorry to the hundreds of thousands of supporters I’ve had from day one here that I let a few bad words said from people cloud my love that you have always had for me.”
Roethlisberger ended the speech by saying, “I am so proud and humbled and honored to call Findlay my home and where I grew up.”
Roethlisberger — who was technically born in Lima, Ohio, close to the Cory-Rawson school district — recalled to ESPN that he didn’t have a script planned for the event but “felt that’s what the Lord wanted me to say.”
Over the years, Roethlisberger would occasionally visit friends back home, but he didn’t experience a public mending until now. Sister Carlee Roethlisberger, also a former standout athlete at Findlay High School,…
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