Friday, December 19, 2003

Roethlisberger's post-game statement

By John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MOBILE, Ala. -- Here is the text of the prepared statement read by Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after MU's 49-28 victory over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl. He announced he is turning pro.


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"After thorough discussion with my family and coach, and a great deal of deliberation, I've decided to make myself eligible for the 2004 NFL draft. The unbelievable team success of this season fulfilled so many of my collegiate football goals, I feel it's time to embark on the next challenge.

"I'll be part of the Oxford community for life, and will carry the values and traditions of Miami University with me forever. I will always be grateful for the wonderful experiences of the past four years. First I want to say thank you to my family. The Lord has been there for me and I love you all. Thanks to our alums and fans for supporting RedHawks football. Thank you athletic director Brad Bates for being there for our football program. You have done so much for us in a short time.

"Thanks to the coaching staff, but most importantly to Coach Terry Hoeppner for all your support and guidance. You gave me a chance and believed in me when no one else did. You stand for everything that is great about college football. And, finally, all you guys. (Turning to 10 teammates gathered around him.) Thanks to my amazing teammates, who were the key to any of the success I had on the field. Without you guys, none of this would be possible. I thank you and I will always be there for you guys."

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