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Roethlisberger, Haley quickly becoming BFFs

Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:34 am
Haley, left and Roethlisberger, center, had a good phone conversation, which must have pleased Tomlin. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Josh Katzowitz

Because the drama for when new Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley would call quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first time was so heavy -- it took more than two weeks after Haley was hired! -- we felt compelled to follow up with the news of how well the phone meeting actually went.

You, of course, will be happy to know that it went really, really well*.

*Just pretend we’re having this conversation in a high school hallway, and we’re gossiping about the potential newest power couple in class. Then, the enthusiasm shown above makes a little more sense.

"It was a really good talk," Roethlisberger, who spoke with Haley for about 15 minutes, told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "Unfortunately, we can't talk football right now and that's one of the big things I wanted to talk about.

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"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.”

Initially, Roethlisberger blew off the call because he didn’t recognize the phone number that popped up on his ID. But after listening to the voice message, he immediately called back Haley to have a chat.

According to NFL rules, the two can’t actually talk football until mid-April, so instead, they began to build a relationship -- personal or otherwise.

“I think it will be a good working relationship -- and good friendship, who knows," Roethlisberger said.

Look,’s Ryan Wilson had it right when he wrote that this so-called controversy wasn’t a big deal. But at the same time, if Roethlisberger felt disrespected by Haley’s decision not to make contact for a few weeks, it becomes a bigger story. Especially when you remember this quote from Roethlisberger after Haley was hired to replace Bruce Arians, a Roethlisberger favorite: “I've gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him. Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they're letting me know what their interaction with him was -- good, bad and indifferent. I've heard a lot of things and I'm looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion.”

Now that they’ve finally met and talked, it seems like, so far, the Roethlisberger’s opinion is a positive one. And maybe this story, at least until training camp begins, can be left alone for a while.

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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:15 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley quickly becoming BFFs

Get a life.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:08 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley quickly becoming BFFs

What does this BFF stand for? I can think of a few that make sense.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:08 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley quickly becoming BFFs


Roethlisberger, Haley quickly becoming BFFs

Maybe Rapistberger showed him how do 'get it done' in a public bathroom and get away with it by paying a cop off with lots of money and photo ops.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:27 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley quickly becoming BFFs

Sounds like you know the both of them pretty well.  They will butt heads and clash from time to time.  Hell, even warner and haley had arguements.  But they first time they do clash, morons like you will be screaming and laughing at how bad of a hire this was. 

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:54 am

Roethlisberger, Haley quickly becoming BFFs

Wait until May. These two will be in full on hate mode. Haley has to deal with the slow minded lummox and Ben has to deal with Haley's ego. Get the popcorn ready.

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