“It is not always easy,” Roethlisberger said the former Steelers player Tunch Ilkin, one of the event hosts, by ESPN. “People don’t realize all the time that we, as athletes, we’re human. We have sinned like everyone else. I’m not different. We make mistakes. We become addicted to things. We have sin. We are human. I think that sometimes, we are put on this pedestal where we can’t make mistakes. I fell as short as anyone. I have been addicted to alcohol. I was addicted to pornography, which makes me so not the best husband, a good father, not the best Christian I can be.
“But you have to dedicate yourself and understand that you can get because of the grace of God, saying to him:” Listen, you’re good enough for me the way you are. You don’t have to be perfect.’ ”
After having missed a large part of the season 2019, the 38-year-old Roethlisberger is on a return trip from an elbow injury. On Saturday, however, Roethlisberger is entering the details in regard to his religious journey and the way that it deems to be a Christian as well as “cool” and that his hopes of being a better Christian are a greater burden of proof that his onfield aspirations.
“Now more than ever, it’s cool to be a Christian, especially professional athletes,” Roethlisberger said. “One of the things that I want to say guys and say to the people there, I can be a very good athlete and a Christian. This is not one or the other. I can do both. I want it to be known to all young men out there. It’s cool to be a Christian and be an athlete. Go ahead and be the best athlete you can be and see if you can be a better Christian. And this is what I am doing now. I’m trying to be a better Christian than I am an athlete and football player. I push myself every day to do and it starts here. It is not always easy. ”
In regards to his injury, Roethlisberger has said that he was glad that this happened with him being in his current state of faith, as opposed to earlier in his life.
“I am so thankful that this injury happened during my walk, I am now,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t know that I would have been able to manage it a few years ago, five, six, seven, 10 years ago. I know that my faith would not have been as strong. Now that I know what it is, it’s easy to say, ” Hey, God, it is in your hands. I’ll take the train my butt off to get back out there, and what you have for me, I am ready.’ ”
Per the event website, ” Each year, Urban Impact teams with Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, to present the ManUp Pittsburgh conference to more than fifteen hundred men of the tri-state area. ManUp encourages and teaches men godly leaders for their families, and raises awareness of the devastating impact of fatherlessness among young people today. ”
This year’s event, according to the website, included Roethlisberger, Tomlin and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.