The two finally spoke for the first time a few weeks ago after the former Chiefs coach was hired Feb. 6.
"I didn't recognize the number," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week, telling the newspaper he called Haley back after listening to the message.
When the star-crossed duo spoke, Big Ben described the 10- to 15-minute chat as productive, a relief for Steelers fans amid reports that president Art Rooney II pushed former OC Bruce Arians out the door and called for Haley to replace him, irritating his star quarterback in the process (a report Rooney later denied).
"It was a really good talk," Roethlisberger said. "Unfortunately, we can't talk football right now (due to CBA rules) and that's one of the big things I wanted to talk about.
"So it was just me talking to him, about golf, his family, my family, him having been a ballboy here, just things like that. It was a good start and I felt it was a good step in the right direction."