Ben Roethlisberger would skip game for son's birth


At some point this year, Ben Roethlisberger will become a father.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback hasn't shared the due date, but his son is expected to arrive smack-dab in the middle of the football season.

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If the young one lands on game day, Big Ben has already decided where he'll be.

"I'm not missing the birth of my child," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There's no chance. I know some fans probably don't want to hear that, but there's no chance."

That means Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch (two men not expecting newborns, according to our sources) will be thrust into action.

Roethlisberger, 30, sounds thrilled to be a dad: "When you're going to be a father, all you think about is having this little baby. You don't think about the registry, the room, the diapers, all the little things that go along with it. It's exciting and it is a little bit scary, too. It is. Before long, you're going to have this little life that you're taking care of. But I've heard nothing but great things from people (about) just how it will change your life. I'm just so excited for that challenge."

Hard to argue with Roethlisberger's priorities. Especially if you've been in that delivery room, where football, career and life's minor items fade away in the moment.

CUT TO: All of hard-hitting Pittsburgh crossing their fingers for a midweek birth.

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