Roethlisberger's fumble: Paint it bad luck

Roethlisberger's fumble: Paint it bad luck
November 6, 2013, 9:15 am
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It’s one thing to be playing in the paint when you’re in the NBA. But when you’re doing it in the NFL, it apparently can be quite the slippery situation.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lost a fumble early during Sunday’s 55-31 loss to the Patriots. This week on his radio show (via, Big Ben said it got loose because he was playing paintball — the football had picked up some of the paint from the Patriots logo on the field, cutting down on his ability to grip the ball.

“It’s one thing when you’re playing in the rain and you’re expecting the ball to be wet, but when it’s dry outside and you get a wet ball in your hand, it’s not a good thing,” Roethlisberger said. “The guy [New England linebacker Rob Ninkovich, credited with a sack] didn’t do anything crazy to swat at the ball. It just literally slipped out of my hands.

"That’s a little thing that’s unfortunate that has happened to us. It’s not an excuse, it just happens, and it kept us from really starting as fast as we wanted to do. We all just kind of shook our heads.”

But Roethlisberger said the Steelers can’t adopt a woe-is-us attitude, figuring this is the sort of thing that happens when you’re 2-6 and feeling like the season is already doomed.

“If anybody’s ready to quit, then they need to get off this train because I’m going to keep it moving and I think everyone feels the same way,” he said.